‘Disgusting’: Tweeple hit out at Railways after dead lizard was found in veg biryani on Poorva Express

After a woman tweeted out a picture of a lizard in a vegetable biryani packet, the Railway Ministry stepped in and helped the passenger with medical assistance. Further, in a tweet, the Union minister Suresh Prabhu said the catering contract of Poorva Express had been terminated.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 26, 2017 2:06 pm
indian railways, lizard, lizard in railway food, lizard in indian railways food, dead lizard poorva express food, lizard train food, india news, viral news, trending news, indian express The passenger did not notice the lizard and consumed the food and later was feeling unwell. (Source: ANI news/ Twitter)

Last month there were series of reports on the unhygienic conditions in which food is prepared on Indian Railways. But left with no other alternative, thousands of passengers order the not-so-tasty food anyway. Well, you may not want to debate about the quantity, price or taste after reading this, and avoid the whole deal altogether.

On July 25, a passenger ordered a vegetarian biryani on a train and found a dead lizard inside!

The nightmarish situation happened on Poorva Express on Tuesday. Sadly, the passenger did not notice the lizard and ate the food, causing the person to feel unwell. A co-passenger Meghna Sinha‏ from the train tweeted out a photo tagging Indian Railways. In a separate tweet, she even tried to draw the attention of Union railways minister Suresh Prabhu and shared the disgusting photo.

The Railway Minister’s Twitter handle responded to the complaint soon and asked the passenger to share the PNR and other details. “Kindly share your PNR number and the same is being escalated to the concerned official @IRCATERING,” they wrote tagging the concerned catering department.

The incident happened in the Delhi-bound train from Howrah, days after a CAG report concluded that the quality of food served on Indian trains was “unfit for human consumption”.

The co-passenger also said that the pantry manager was of a great help and took cognisance of the matter. “The pantry manager Deepak Singh was very cooperative and the matter is solved now, thank you for quick redressal,” Sinha‏ added.

Fortunately, help reached on time and the ailing passenger received treatment on time. According to news agency ANI, a check-up was done in Danapur Division, where he was given medicines. Kishor Kumar, DRM Danapur Division assured that action will be taken after an investigation.

People on Twitter were justifiably freaked out by the incident and slammed the catering services and demanded strict action. Facing severe backlash, the ministry tweeted, “Strict action taken. Catering Contract of Poorva Express has been terminated immediately.”

Many people rapped up the catering services with their sarcastic remarks:

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  1. V
    Jul 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm
    shame to BJP Govt for this neglegence and shame to railway minister corrupt prabhu who isnting for PNR no. shame to him an his entire railway department.. This is rule of BJP after 70 yrs of congress rule this govt isnstisting muslims not eat cow meat but serving in vegetrain biryani with lizaard.. Down with BJP and Modi govt.. Long Live Congress... Jai Hind
    1. I
      Jul 28, 2017 at 10:29 am
      You anti nationals should be proud that the government provides extra protein in the from of lizard without charging for it. You should appreciate it.
    2. C
      Jul 26, 2017 at 4:08 pm
      If the biryani was cooked with the lizard in it, then not only the particular passenger to who it was served, but the all the biryani is contaminated. It is not sufficient to attend to only that particular passenger. All the passengers who were served from that lot, need to be attended to.
      1. D
        Jul 26, 2017 at 3:07 pm
        Pantry manager was cooperative?Matter has been solved? How? Lmao