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Railway police file charge sheet

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Food poisoning on Duronto Express


Three accused named in case

Chemical test found stale particles: police


Kozhikode: The Railway police have filed a charge sheet in the Kozhikode Judicial First Class Magistrate's Court here in connection with a case of food poisoning in the Hazarat Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Duronto Express last year.

The charge sheet named Vir Bahadur Singh, a contractor hailing from Bihar, entrusted with supplying food, and three employees of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRTC), Niranjath Singh, Pradeep Kumar and Varun Kumar, all hailing from New Delhi, as accused.

They were charged with Section 273 (sale of noxious food or drink) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 153 (endangering safety of persons travelling by railway by wilful act) of the Indian Railway Act, the police said.

Railway sub-inspector K.K. Sasidharan investigated the case in which the accused had allegedly served stale food to passengers on the train on May 17 last. Nineteen passengers, including eight children, had to be admitted to the Kozhikode Government General Hospital after they complained of nausea and stomach ache.

A report obtained from the Regional Chemical Laboratory stated that the food samples contained stale particles, particularly tomatoes, the police said. It was on the basis of this report that the accused had been charged, the police said.

The investigators had collected the statements of the 19 victims, a doctor who was a passenger in the train and railway officials in this connection. Investigations were carried out in New Delhi, Mangalore and Goa, the police said.

Most of passengers told the police that they had taken non-vegetarian food for breakfast, including eggs, that had been served on the non-stop train that began its journey from Nizamuddin on May 15. The train had to be halted, unscheduled, at the Kozhikode station. It reached Ernakulam Junction three hours late.

Doctor's complaint

The Railway police had also registered a case based on a compliant filed by Amitabh Nerue, District Medical Officer, Railway Divisional Hospital, New Delhi, at the Ernakulam Railway Police Station stating that seven passengers had assaulted him and deterred him from discharging duties in the wake of the food poisoning incident.

The police registered the case against seven persons under Section 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 341 (wrongful restraint), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty) read with 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the IPC. This case had to be dropped as Dr. Nerue could not identify any of the accused, the police said.

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