Janashatabdi passengers protest after finding cockroach in food
Some passengers who were travelling in Howrah bound Janasatabdi Express from New Jalpaiguri on Saturday staged demonstration at Howrah station after the train arrived there alleging that a dead cockroach was found in the food that was served inside the train.
A passenger who was travelling in the New Jalpaiguri-Howrah Janasatabdi Express had ordered breakfast. After the breakfast was served he found that there was a dead cockroach inside the pack. He immediately told a ticket collector inside the train who had allegedly advised the passenger to suppress the matter. The ticket collector also allegedly insisted the passenger on not filing any complaint in this regard. But when the train had arrived Howrah station at around 1.45 pm on Saturday some passengers started demonstration and also lodged a complaint with the railway officials.
They had also protested against the poor supply of food inside the train. The passengers alleged that in previous incidents also cockroaches were also found in food.
Inspite of the previous complaints the railway authorities did not take any step to improve the quality of the food. Senior railway officials had to rush the spot where the agitation was going on and tried to pacify the mob by promising that they look into the matter.
The railway officials also assured that they would look into the mater. If anybody is found to be guilty behind the quality of food going down, action would be taken against them. The demonstration was lifted after the senior officials assured the passengers that a high level inquiry would be conducted into the incident.
A passenger said that it was unfortunate that cockroaches were found in the food repeatedly in the premium train like Janasatabdi Express. It is more baffling that the railway authorities hardly take any action to fix the responsibility of their employees.When this type of incident happens, the Railway officials provide assurances that the quality of the food would be improved but nothing happens.
He also said that quality of food should be maintained in the trains in which thousands of people travel every day.