After being bitten by a rat on a first class coach last month, a man has demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh from the Railways.
72-year-old PC Sinha, a retired chief engineer of Bokaro Steel Limited (BSL), has taken up the matter to the railway tribunal and has sought Rs 10 lakh from the South Eastern Railways (SER).
While travelling on the AC first class coach of the Hatia-Howrah Kriyayoga Express on the night of December 31, Sinha and his wife were bitten by a rat.
The couple has submitted a written complaint to the on-board attendant of the express. The complaint reads:
"The coach HA1 was very dirty and full of rats. One rat bit me, my wife and another co-passenger in the middle of the night. It is extremely shameful for the SER when the Union railway minister is stressing on passenger amenities and the Prime Minister is focusing on Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan."
"It was around 3 am. I was sleeping when it bit me on the right hand. Few moments later, my wife also complained of sharp pain. Then we saw many rats under our berths," Sinha said.
"The railways is putting in a lot of effort towards improving passenger amenities. At the same time, we also urge commuters to be more aware about cleanliness measures in stations and trains," SER public relations officer Pallab Mukherjee said.