LUCKNOW An SUV allegedly belonging to a minister breached a ramp for the specially-abled and entered platform no.1 at Lucknow’s Charbagh railway station (NR) on Tuesday. A video of the incident, captured by a couple of passengers, went viral on Thursday, triggering outrage amongst netizens who criticised “VIP tradition”, forcing railways authorities to register a case towards the driving force of the automobile.
Within the 45-second clip, the automobile was seen getting into the platform after which reversing for an exit. “Taking cognizance of the matter, a case beneath Part 159 of the Railways Act (disobedience of drivers or conductors of automobiles to instructions of railway servant) was registered towards the unknown driver at the RPF police station, Lucknow. Investigation is underway,” stated Rekha Sharma, senior divisional business supervisor, Northern Railway (NR).
Railways officers stated the automobile belonged to a senior minister, who was getting late to catch a practice. “The minister needed to journey from Lucknow to Bareilly and needed to catch the Howrah-Amritsar Punjab Mail (practice no 13005). The practice often arrives at platform quantity 4. Therefore, the SUV entered the platform via the ramp because it was raining that day,” they stated.
Taking a jibe at the minister for allegedly taking his automobile on to the platform, Samajwadi Occasion president Akhilesh Yadav stated it’s good that he didn’t attain there on a bulldozer. “It’s good that he didn’t go to the station on a bulldozer,” Yadav stated in a put up on X (previously Twitter), in Hindi.