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NHRC orders Railways to pay Rs 4L compensation to youth for losing leg

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Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed Chairman of Railway Board to pay a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the youth who had lost a leg after he was forcefully made to get off a moving train eight years back.

The victim, Benudhar Bhoi, was allegedly asked to disembark from the running train by TTE Rajender Prasad Samantha on May 11, 2009 when the mishap occurred.

Basing on a petition filed by rights activist Prabir Das, the NHRC had earlier in 2012 directed that Bhoi be awarded a compensation of four lakh rupees. However, the Railway Board had objected to the award on the grounds that the TTE was acquitted of charges in 2015 by Bhadrak Sessions Court which ruled the railway staff was not responsible for injuries sustained by the victim.

As per records of the case, the victim was travelling in train without a ticket and the TTE directed him to get down from the train.

The NHRC cited Section-137 of Railway Act, 1989 which provides that if anybody found travelling or attempting to travel without pass or ticket, he/she shall be punished with imprisonment of a term which may extend to six months or fine which may extend to Rs 1000 or both.

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