A number of eye witnesses assured that a news release issued by the Egyptian Railway Service (ERS) did not base on truth at all.
Ahmed Musa, a prominent media anchor of “Sada El balad” News Channel, narrated a different story contradicting the official statement.
Musa commented on the statements of other passengers of the train No. 934 bound to Alexandria, saying that the conductor demanded two passengers to pay for tickets but they refused. Then the conductor together with the chief of the train pushed the two passengers when the air-conditioned train idled near Tanta on Monday.
The statement added that the train idled because there was a malfunction in the signal system at Dafra station near Tanta where the two youths jumped off while the train was on the move.
One of the victims was dragged beneath the train so he died immediately; meanwhile the other victim escaped with a broken knee.
The two victims were transferred by an ambulance to the General hospital of Tanta.
Railway police arrested the chief of the train and its conductor and referred them to the state prosecution.
The conductor confessed that he personally pushed the two victims off the moving train.
Prosecutors decided to remand the both suspects for four days.
The Railway Service suspended both suspects until investigations into the case are completed.
On his part, General Kamel Al Wazir, Minister of Transportation, said he doesn’t neglect right of any citizen. He affirmed that investigations will prove the truth in the near future.
It is worth to mention Egypt sees many accidents on her roads and rickety railways.
Trains and the infrastructure need billions of pounds to maintain the vital utility to cope with increasing number of passengers every year.
So far travelling by train is cheaper than other means of transport in Egypt due to lesser income of the working class and the other people in the Delta and Upper Egypt.
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