Dhanbad: In an appalling incident, 10 contractual workers deployed in the pantry car and other sections of Duranto Express indulged themselves in the sordid act of molesting a female. When her husband tried to intervene, he was beaten black and blue by the workers.

The incident stirred up the hornet’s nest and on the complaint lodged by the female, the 10 contractual workers were arrested by the RPF.

The incident occurred when Soni (name changed), a resident of Kolkata, was travelling in the train with her husband in the S-3 coach. As the train reached the Mughalsarai station, some pantry car staff members misbehaved with the female. When her husband tried to intervene, he was thrashed by the pantry car workers.

“Six coach attendants, an AC mechanic and three Pantry Car staff were arrested after a passenger contacted the Railway Board, which in turn informed Dhanbad railway station,” RPF Commandant Sahshi Kumar told reporters.

Seeing the men misbehaving with the couple who were returning to Kolkata from Delhi, a co-passenger, who is said to be a relative of Union Shipping Minister Mukul Roy, telephoned the Railway Board, Kumar said.

While four were arrested when the train reached Dehri-on-Sone, five others were nabbed at Dhanbad railway station and one at Howrah railway station, he said.

All the arrested persons were sent to Mughalsarai, the place where the incident had occurred, he said.