According to the charges, the incident occurred on Friday night when the MLA, Shivesh Kumar, and his family boarded Danapur-Howrah Express at Patna Junction to attend a family function. When the train reached Rajendra Nagar, around 17-18 people boarded the train and occupied two berths opposite to where the MLA and his family settled. Those berths were reserved in the name of an MP, he said.
According to Kumar, son of former Union minister Muni Lal, the group started making vulgar comments and ignored protest made by his wife. When she complained to the TTE on duty Jitendra Singh, he said those people were railway employees and assured that there would not be any problem.
But the situation continued to worsen and when the train left the next station, the trouble-makers took out liquor bottles and started drinking. When Kumar opposed it, he was allegedly beaten up. He said the men threw whiskey on his wife and also forced themselves on her. They also called up somebody asking to get ready to murder a couple at Mokama, he said, adding that he somehow managed to pull the alarm train.
The ordeal did not end here. When the train stopped, another TTE on duty Akhilesh Kumar allegedly started quarrelling with Kumar for pulling the chain. The MLA said none of the other passengers dared to come to their aid since it was a big group. However, his wife showed some presence of mind and called up the Women's Helpline number.
The train started again and reached Khusrupur station where some police officers, who were alerted by the helpline number, arrived. They entered the compartment and caught hold of two of the the alleged molesters while the rest managed to flee. The two nabbed men are railway employees. Additional policemen were called at Bakhtiarpur station but the other people could not be found.
An FIR was lodged under sections 307, 354, 341, 323, 504 and 34 of the InCPag ainst all the accused, including railway employees of commercial sections, who were going to West Bengal for training purpose. Kumar accused the TTE and police personnel present in the train of not coming to their help.
Railway sources said later that the trouble-makers were travelling illegally and had perhaps managed the on-duty TTEs.
A top source in the railways said a copy of the FIR would be used for departmental proceedings.