Locomotive driver stops passenger train for 90 minutes to quench ‘thirst’ in dry Bihar state, arrested

Locomotive driver stops passenger train for 90 minutes to quench ‘thirst’ in dry Bihar state, arrested

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Bihar: Passengers on a passenger train have had a difficult time Hasanpur Bus Station in Samastipur district in the dry state of Bihar on Monday after the Assistant Locomotive Driver (ALP) left the train stranded for more than 90 minutes as he went to quench his ‘thirst’.

Assistant Locomotive Driver (ALP), Karmaveer Prasad Yadav was later tracked down by the Government Railway Police (GRP), but was found in such an inebriated state that he was unable to return to the train.

Passenger train number 05278 runs between Samastipur and Saharsa districts and stops just two minutes away at Hasanpur bus station.

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On Monday, the train started its journey at 4:05 p.m. and reached Hasanpur at 5:45 p.m. Although the train was supposed to stop at Hasanpur bus station for two minutes, when the train did not start for long, the passengers started protesting.

Manoj Kumar Chaudhary, station master of Hasanpur station, said that when passengers started protesting at the station about the delay of the train, officials rushed to the driver’s cabin and discovered that co-pilot Karamveer Prasad Yadav had disappeared from the engine room.

A GRP official said Assistant Locomotive Driver (ALP) Karamveer Prasad Yadav got off the train after stopping at the station and apparently walked to a nearby stand for a drink. However, it is unclear who provided the alcohol, reported the Hindustan time.

Later, station master Manoj Kumar Choudhary requested another assistant engine driver, Rishi Raj Kumar, who was on leave and traveling on the same train to replace Yadav. Finally, the train left Hasanpur station after about 90 minutes late.

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Meanwhile, a GRP team hired to find Yadav found him in a market in Hasanapur but he was intoxicated. They also recovered half a bottle of alcohol from his possession. He was taken for a medical and then arrested, officials said.

It can be noted here that possession and consumption of alcohol has been a crime in Bihar since 2015.

Jose P. Rogers