New Delhi, September 10: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had to call the police over hooliganism by drunk passengers on the Indore Intercity Express train. The incident took place late on Sunday evening when Om Biral was travelling to Indore from New Delhi railway station. When the train halted at Mathura Junction, officers of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) arrived and arrested five passengers for nuisance. Fit India Movement Should Become Peoples' Movement: Speaker Om Birla.
According to reports, passengers travelling in coach next to Om Birla's coach started drinking alcohol. Troubled by noises and nuisance, Birla sent his personal assistance to look into the issue. On being confronted, the accused passengers misbehaved with Birla's personal assistance and refused to budge. The Lok Sabha speaker then directed his personal assistance to call control room of the Railways. Om Birla Changes His Stand on Chanting of Religious Slogans in Lok Sabha.
Around 1:15 am, when the train arrived at Mathura Junction, officers of GRP and RPF entered the coach and arrested the drunk passengers. The accused have been identified as Vikas Dagar (Delhi), Rajiv (Delhi), Pritam (Gurugram), Manoj (Delhi) and Amarpreet (Gurugram). Bottles of alcohol were also seized from the passenger's compartment. The accused were produced in a court on September 9.
Reacting to the incident, Birla said: "India has the world's largest train network. As many as 22 crore people travel from trains. Even a poor man reaches his destination on a low-cost ticket. But such incidents are the cause of concern. The Railways must take steps to prevent such things from happening."