Thane, Mar 20 A Thane consumer court has ordered the Konkan Railway Corporation to pay a compensation of Rs 1.65 lakh to a passenger for theft of his belongings during a train journey.
Thane Additional District Consumer Redressal Forum’s president A Z Telgote and member Tryambak A Thool observed that “it is the duty of the railway administration to provide adequate security to passengers and their property during the journey.”
The complainant, Vinod Naik, from Ulhasnagar in the district, informed the forum that on May 14, 2015 he was travelling by Kochuveli-Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express along with his wife and four-year-old daughter.
At around 2.10 am, somebody pulled the chain due to which the train stopped for 20 to 25 minutes between Kolad and Mangaon stations.
During that period, some unidentified men stole gold jewellery of his wife, besides his mobile phone and cash, all worth Rs 2.9 lakh, he alleged.
No railway policeman or train ticket examiner (TTE) was available in the compartment, Naik said alleging that his belongings were stolen in the train due to the negligence and deficiency in service by the Konkan Railway, thus causing him financial loss and mental agony.
Thus, the respondent is liable to be compensate him, he told the forum, and sought Rs 2.9 lakh compensation for loss of property, Rs 5 lakh for physical and mental harassment and Rs 25,000 towards the legal expenses.