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Egyptian train conductor detained after allegedly forcing two passengers to jump from moving train

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 29 Oct 2019
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Citizens in Greater's Cairo Qalyobeya governorate attending on Tuesday the funeral of Mohamed Eid, who became commonly known in media as the "ticket victim" (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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The office of the Egyptian prosecutor-general in Tanta ordered on Tuesday the four-day detention of a conductor who allegedly forced two passengers to jump from a moving train on Monday, leading to the death of one and the injury of the other.
The prosecution said that according to investigations, the conductor forced the passengers to jump from the train for not having tickets, adding that the suspect has been ordered to undergo a drug test.
Train conductors in Egypt are tasked with ensuring that passengers have paid the required fare.
Reports of the incident went viral on social media in Egypt on Monday, with videos circulated of other passengers who were on the train at the time describing the incident.
Egypt's Railway Authority issued a statement about the incident on Monday, saying that as train 934 was travelling from Alexandria to Luxor, the two passengers refused to pay the tickets after being confronted by the conductor.
The statement said that the two men, who were street vendors, jumped as the train began to reduce its speed as it approached a station in Gharbeya.
The statement quoted Egypt's Minister of Transportation Kamel El-Wazir as saying that he would not allow the rights of any Egyptian citizen to be violated.
The minister added that the investigations would reveal the truth of the situation.
According to news report, the man killed in the incident has been identified as 23-year-old Mohamed Eid from Shubra El-Khaima, Qalioubiya.
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