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IRCTC fact-finding team to inquire into Maharashtra Sadan incident after Express report

A group of around 11 Sena MPs allegedly forced a Muslim staffer, who was fasting, to eat a chapati.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: July 23, 2014 8:22 pm
A video footage showed Shiv Sena MP force-feeding the IRCTC staffer. A video footage showed Shiv Sena MP force-feeding the IRCTC staffer.

The IRCTC has constituted a fact- finding team to inquire into the Maharashtra Sadan incident after a report in The Indian Express of Shiv Sena MPs force-feeding a Muslim catering worker fasting during Ramzan.

The IRCTC has also asked the committee to submit its report in three days.


The committee comprises Amitabh Nigam, Group General Manager of Departmental Catering Service, and Maitreyi Brahma, Group General Manager of HRD, an official said.

The incident involved a group of around 11 Shiv Sena MPs who were apparently angry over not being served Maharashtrian food and allegedly forced a Muslim catering supervisor who was fasting for Ramzan to eat a chapati at the new Maharashtra Sadan here last week.

The catering service in Maharashtra Sadan is run by IRCTC and Arshad, the supervisor is an employee of the corporation.

After the incident, IRCTC suspended the service in the Sadan in protest. It has also complained to the Maharashtra Resident Commissioner of hurting religious sentiments of the staffer.

“We will decide the future course of action after receiving the report,” the official said.

Currently, IRCTC is providing catering service at Shastri Bhawan, Writers Building and offices of other ministries including Finance and Defence.

The incident has caused outrage and a huge uproar in Parliament and outside amid demands for action against the MPs involved.

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  1. S
    Jul 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm
    There must be a differene between a religious and a working place religious places no body cares about the obligation of the believer.At the other hand; at the working place one must deliver the bestquality. That is the duty employee has.This means, there is no place for a relgious performance on theworking place. That is possible after the working hours at home. Thisdifference the non Hindus must accept.
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      Anil Dikshit
      Jul 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm
      Fast defiled on 17th, Came to know on 23rd July 2014: I was in 'coma' for 6 days?
      1. K
        Keiky M
        Jul 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm
        Which provisions of law & decency can be applied in this case for relief to the poor Muslim employee; wonder what would have happened if the act was done by a Muslim MP to a Hindu employee! Udhavji and PM should express regret and strictly warn their flock to observe decency else these parties will be deemed to be Communal as per the media image and alienate our Muslims. Punishment is necessary otherwise for tat will continue!
        1. S
          Jul 23, 2014 at 8:07 pm
          Its a shame to publish a substandard report like this. This shows the quality and standard of Indian journalism. Its a shame some media like yours represent Indian media to the world. You try to represent India as if it is in 18th century or a country like Saudi Arabia. There are thousands of Muslims who don't fast, drinks alcohol, hey are you involved in some wretched games against your Government? It seems you are.
          1. M
            Jul 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm
            This is ridiculous. An outrage. Blatant abuse of power. These people are a shame to the country and should be brought to justice.
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