Four railway passengers were detained, even as a case of suspicious death was registered over the death of a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at the Mantralayam Road station, close to midnight on Wednesday.
The TTE Sanjeeva Rao (57) was engaged in a verbal duel with the four passengers, who complained of poor amenities – no water supply and dirty blankets – aboard the Chennai-Shirdi Express. Rao was also reportedly criticised for being in plainclothes. When the train reached Mantralayam Road station, they complained to the Deputy Station Master, who summoned the TTE. As arguments went on at the former’s office, Rao, who was seated on a chair, collapsed, gasping for breath. Immediate CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), yielded no results. A railway doctor, who was rushed from Guntakal, pronounced him dead, ascribing the death to heart attack with high blood pressure.