The Assam Transport Department has suspended three Inland Water Transport officials in connection with the issuing of manual tickets incident in RPL Digaru vessel from Nimati ghat to Kamalabari ghat today.
According to reports, manual tickets were issued to few passengers without maintaining records/details due to the server downtime of the e-ticketing server. Later on, one such passenger jumped into the Brahmaputra River and has remained untraceable.
Soon after, Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary directed the Transport Department to suspend Ashim Kumar Baruah, Junior Engineer, IWT Jorhat Sub-Division with immediate effect.
Alok Gogoi and Bitupon Boruah both Section Assistants have also been placed under suspension for not maintaining details of passengers travelling.
Vivekananda Phookan, Chairperson of the Assam Inland Water Transport Regulatory Authority has been directed to carry out an inquiry to ascertain facts and circumstances leading to the incident and related issues and submit a report on the same within 15 days.