Catch Mallya first—says ticketless female passenger who chose jail over fine

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The present generation of Indians may not have been a part of the Indian independence struggle, but we are familiar with Mahatma Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement against the British colonial rule.

44-year-old Premlata Bhansali, who lives in a high-rise in the plush Bhuleshwar area of south Mumbai, followed Mahatma Gandhi’s footsteps to protest against the government’s soft stance on Vijay Mallya who owes banks over Rs 9,000 crores. She deliberately travelled the Mumbai suburban train ticketless and chose to go to jail rather than paying Rs 260.

When asked to pay the fine of Rs 260, Ms Bhansali, according to the railway police, told them that they should first arrest Mallya who owes the banks over Rs. 9,000 crore.

“She was produced in the magistrate’s court today and asked to pay the fine. But she declined and chose to go to jail for seven days,” Anand Vijay Jha, senior divisional security commissioner of Mumbai division, Western Railway, told NDTV.

Lady police constables tried to persuade the woman to pay the meagre sum. But according to an official she spent nearly 12 hours arguing with the railway officials, demanding to know why the authorities were going soft on Mallya and harassing the common man.

The police even used her husband’s help to try to persuade her but she insisted on serving the seven-day jail term.

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