ebangla Desk:Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has called for the resignation of Railway Minister Nurul Islam from a moral standpoint in the interest of a proper and impartial investigation into the incident.
The call was made in a press release of TIB on Saturday (May 7).
Earlier, on Thursday night (May 5), three passengers were traveling on the Dhaka-bound Sundarbans Express from Pabna in the AC compartment of the train without a ticket in the identity of a relative of the Railway Minister. Shafiqul Islam, the TTE in charge, collected rent from them along with fines. After this incident Shafiqul Islam was suspended.
Citing the incident as a “disgusting example”, the TIB said in a statement that the TTE had been sacked instead of being rewarded for its “fair performance”. In such a decision, the message has become clear to the people that the law does not apply not only to those in power but also to their relatives in the sphere of influence.
TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman described the incident as a “shameless and worst” example of abuse of power. First, train travel without tickets for the relatives of the Railway Minister. That is to say, they assumed that the conventional law of the railways did not apply to them. Second, the concerned ticket inspector is on it Immediate dismissal of him on his mobile phone without giving him any opportunity to defend himself.
The TIB notification further said, why did the passengers without tickets give the identity of the Railway Minister to TTE? Did the railway authorities verify their true identities? How influential was the identity of the Railway Minister in taking a decision against TTE due to allegations of misconduct with passengers? These issues need to be clarified.
Calling for the resignation of Railway Minister Nurul Islam from a moral standpoint in the interest of a proper and impartial investigation into the incident, the statement said, He (Railway Minister) should temporarily resign from the moral position in the interest of impartial investigation.
Railway Minister Nurul Islam’s statement regarding fines and dismissal of TTE for traveling without a ticket could not be obtained. He did not respond to a call from the minister’s mobile phone and later his mobile phone was found switched off. Later, the public relations officer of the Ministry of Railways was contacted but no statement was received.