Bihar railway engineer tries to illegally sell vintage engine


A Bihar railway engineer has been suspended and sentenced for attempting to illegally sell a vintage steam engine as “junk,” a senior official said on Tuesday.

According to Alok Agrawal, DRM of Samastipur Division under East Central Railway, an FIR was recorded the day before against seven people, including engineer Rajiv Ranjan Jha, in Banmankhi in Purnea district.

The case involves a metric gauge engine parked in Purnea for public display, which Jha was caught trying to dismantle on December 14 with a gas cutter that was being manipulated by assistant Sushil Yadav.

When a sub-inspector deployed to the RPF outpost, MM Rehman, came to inquire, Jha held up a letter claiming that the divisional mechanical engineer had ordered the engine waste to be taken to the hangar at diesel locomotives located nearby.

The engineer also wrote a note confirming the same to Rehman before leaving the scene with junk loaded onto a van.

The cover was blown off the racket a day later when RPF Sangita personnel reported to their superiors that the scrap had not reached the diesel shed. Further investigation revealed that no scrap transport order had been issued and that the letter Jha was armed with was false.

Obviously, Jha had made an illegal scrap deal. He and Yadav are on the run. They will be tracked down by the RPF and will be prosecuted under the Railway Ownership Law, ”DRM said.

The RPF sub-inspector stationed at the diesel shed, Virendra Dwivedi, was also suspended for laxity.

Efforts were underway to find the material that could have been transported as scrap metal and the dealer with whom Jha and his accomplices were dealing.

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