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Sampuran Singh, a 45-year-old farmer from Katana village of Jalandhar, moved court seeking compensation from the Northern Railways for acquiring his land to construct a railway station and what he got is astonishing. The court awarded him with the Swarna Shatabdi Express train!

Don’t believe us?  Well, we also were not convinced at first.

In an unprecedented order, the court of additional district and sessions judge Jaspal Verma attached the train number 12030 at the Ludhiana station, technically giving it to aggrieved farmer — as the Northern Railways failed to comply with the court’s order of 2015 to provide enhanced compensation of Rs 1.05 crore to him, read a report by Hindustan Times.

As a result, the train became Sampuran Singh’s property. But did he take the train to home? No.

When Sampuran and his lawyer handed over the court order to the train driver, the section engineer Pradeep Kumar got the train released from a court official, thus making it a property of court for now.

Divisional railway manager Anuj Parkash said such orders are examined by the Law Ministry and asked rhetorically, “What will the petitioner do with the 300-metre train? Can he take it home?”

First Published | 17 March 2017 11:50 AM
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