UP Min Azam slaps train attendant, victim files complaint

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New Delhi, Dec 22: We know our politicians love to flex their money and power. Now, they have started flexing their muscles too. In an act, unacceptable from a person holding public office, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Mohammad Azam Khan has allegedly slapped an attendant of Punjab Mail and made him to do 50 sit-ups. The reason, the attendant failed to arrange his bedding properly.

Now, the victim, railway coach attendant Nirmal Murmu has filed a police complaint against the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader. Nirmal Murmu has alleged in his complaint, given to Government Railway Police at Amritsar railway station, that he was on Dec 18 physically and verbally assaulted by Khan.

In his complaint, Murmu said, "I was beaten, forced to hold my both ear to do sit-ups more than 50 times and was also made hostage in the running Punjab Mail train compartment between Rampur and Lucknow stations."

SHO GRP, Dharminder Kalyan, said that in his statement Murmu has claimed that he was made hostage by the UP minister Mohammad Azam Khan on Dec 18 for not arranging bedding properly in the compartment which was booked for the minister in Punjab Mail.

However, Khan at the storm refused to admit his fault.

Replying to the allegations, the minister said, "There is nothing special about it. There was no need to take notice of such incidents."

According to the complaint, the minister first scolded Murmu in abusive language and then made him hostage, the SHO said, adding that no action could be initiated from Amritsar as the occurrence of the incident was out of their jurisdiction.

The SHO said since Murmu couldn't lodge complaint due to insufficient time during the travel in any of the railway station from Lucknow to Amritsar, hence on reaching Amritsar, he brought the incident on record. So a simple complaint was lodged, which was forwarded to the GRP Rampur where the incident had occurred, the police official said.

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