Agra, Mar 18: Railway officials in Uttar Pradesh came across a ground reality during a drive to penalise those traveling without ticket in train when as many as 40 policemen were caught hiding in train toilets to escape penalty.
As per a TOI report, railway magistrate VK Singh conducted a surprise check on two trains plying between Agra and Mathura and hit a shocking reality that about 40 cops were traveling ticketless.
A total of 103 passengers, including 40 cops, were fined by a team lead by railway magistrate accompanied by assistant commandant of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and five other security personnel.
The cops who were fined were civil police personnel, posted at various police stations and outposts in the districts of Agra and Mathura.
Of the total Rs 29,780 collected as fine, Rs 11,990 was collected from the cops.
This incident may come as a shock to few but those travelling in trains in the state of Uttar Pradesh are quite aware of the fact that policemen hardly purchase train tickets for travelling short distances.
It is a common site in almost every train that TTEs never ask for tickets from men in 'khakhi'.
It is high time both the Railways as well as state authorities ensure such incidents stop. Moral policing needs to be done and cops must be sensitised.