A 29 year old man has died of heart attack after booking a Tatkal ticket from IRCTC. The man, Nitin, belonged to Nagpur and was working in a construction company in Chennai. He was planning to come home for his marriage. His family is reported to have filed an FIR against IRCTC.
Incidence happened on Monday morning. When Nitin did not reach office, his colleagues tried calling his mobile which was not answered. They enquired with his landlord, Swamy. Swamy knocked the door several times. When nobody answered, he got suspicious and called the police.
Police broke open the door. Nitin was found dead in front of his computer with an expression of disbelief on his face. Website IRCTC was still open on his system and a paper note (which police are wondering whether to consider as suicide note or not) on which Nitin had written “It can’t be true” was found on his desk. Initially police thought it might be case of dejected lover. But later it was found that Nitin had died due to the shock that he received when he managed to book a ticket through ‘Tatkal Service’.
“Nitin had been postponing his marriage for last four months because he was not getting tickets. He was a man of principles (blind faith) so he never went to an agent. Every day he tried to book tickets, but all in vain. IRCTC servers were always busy from 8:00 to 8:30. He even spent one full night at station so that he could get tickets. But was pushed aside by police and brokers in the morning” Said one of his colleagues.
IRCTC has totally denied the allegations. Mukul Roy, Railway Minister has said, “This is conspiracy by opposition to defame the government. It is not possible that a common man can book online ticket through ‘Tatkal Service’. We have made special provisions in the site that only agents can book ticket at that time. Nitin is surely a hacker who has hacked the system to book the ticket. A five member team will investigate the matter and fix the loopholes in the site. After all we have to answer agents also”
Although people feel sympathetic about the family, but they are considering Nitin a Martyr too.”It’s a noble death. He is not between us. But generations will remember him as the person who managed to book ticket by himself. We should build his statue on all major railway stations or maybe his photo should come on every railway ticket. He will give the hope to people that they can book the ticket themselves too”
Was he a hacker or was it his luck, we may never be able to know. But we would request the ministry to at least put a statutory warning on the front page of the site. “Booking tickets is risky. Effects may shock you, paralyze you or send you in comma. It can be fatal too. Please book at your own risk. Railways will not be responsible for any such damage.”
Man dies after booking railway ticket,