In a weird turn of events, a ticketless man boarded a Vande Bharat Express train from the Kasaragod station and locked himself inside the washroom for hours. As per a report on ANI, the man boarded the train from the northern Kasaragod district of Kerala on Sunday and then shut himself inside one of its washrooms refusing to come out from there. Quoting the Railway officials, the report stated that the man was brought out only after the train reached Shornur railway station after breaking open the washroom door.
As per Railway officials, on questioning by the RPF, the man initially claimed he was from Maharashtra and was speaking in Hindi, but later he said that he was from Kasaragod and therefore, his identity was yet to be ascertained.
Dressed in a red striped t-shirt, the man looked scared when he was taken out of the washroom, as seen in the visuals of the incident shown on TV channels. The visuals later showed him being questioned by Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials on the station platform. The man did not have a ticket either, they added.
He also told the RPF that someone was after him and while trying to run away from them he got into the washroom and shut himself inside it, the officials said. However, when asked to come out of the washroom after repeated warnings, the man deliberately did not come out.
While the RPF and other officials tried to take him out of the washroom when the train stopped at Kannur and Kozhikode stations, he could only be taken out at the Shornur station.
The Vande Bharat Express train runs from Kasaragod-Trivandrum and is the first Vande Bharat Express in the Southern state.