Bangladesh travel

Journalists ‘overdo it’, says nephew of railway minister’s wife amid row over ticketless travel

Imrul Kayes Pranto, nephew of Sujan’s wife, Shammi Akter Moni, and Pranto’s uncles, identified by unique names – Hasan and Omar – were at the center of a backlash on social media following the suspension of the TTE , Shafiqul Islam, was reported.

The trio introduced themselves as the minister’s family, but Shafiqul was undeterred when he asked them to get off the air-conditioned coach after they were caught traveling without a ticket on May 4.

Pakshi Railways Division Commercial Officer Nasir Uddin ordered an immediate suspension of Shafiqul after Pranto filed misconduct charges against the TTE.

Having initially distanced himself from the passengers, Sujan recognized that they were well connected to his wife.

On Sunday, railway authorities in Pabna announced that Shafiqul’s suspension would be revoked by order of the Minister of Railways.

Nasir, who accused Shafiqul of being “mentally ill” and a “drug addict”, was also asked to explain himself as authorities opened an investigation.

Speaking to a committee set up to investigate the incident on Sunday, Pranto said he and his family were “frustrated and embarrassed” by the questioning of different media workers in the days that followed. the incident.

“We see the whole thing positively, but journalists drag this little issue unnecessarily,” he said.

Addressing the journalists present, he said: “You have exaggerated, which you could have avoided. I have nothing to tell you. I tell the inquiry committee what I have to say.

The committee also spoke to several witnesses at the Pakshi Railway Office in Ishwardi of Pabna.

The committee, headed by Deputy Transport Officer Sajedul Islam Babu, was given five days to investigate the incident.

“Everything is being examined to find out if a foul has taken place,” Sajedul said. He claimed that the committee was under no pressure.

Pleased with the decision to overturn his suspension, Shafiqul said: “I don’t understand why he brought the charges. [of drug abuse and mental illness] against me.”

“I submitted 78,000 Tk in profits that night. Can a mental patient do this?

Residents of Ishwardi’s Nur Mahalla, where Pranto and his mother Yasmin Akter Nipa live, cursed journalists who traveled to the neighborhood to gather information. Nipa is a cousin of Minister Shammi’s wife.

“When we arrived in the area, several young men and a woman rushed towards us [media workers]. We had to leave as they started swearing,” said Ziaul Haque Ripon from the Bangla Vision TV channel.