Tuesday 23 July 2019

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to alleged racial abuse incident on train

Prasun Bhattachjee was travelling to Dublin on holiday with his parents (Photo: RTE Radio One)
Prasun Bhattachjee was travelling to Dublin on holiday with his parents (Photo: RTE Radio One)
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

GARDAÍ are appealing for people who witnessed an incident of alleged racial abuse on a train from Belfast to Dublin to come forward.

An investigation has been launched after passenger Prasun Bhattachjee claimed he and his family were racially abused on board an Irish Rail train on Sunday, June 9.

The family were on the 7.05pm train from Belfast to Dublin when a man boarded at Dundalk at around 8.15pm.

It is alleged he hurled racial abuse at the young family for over an hour.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information - in particular video footage or voice recordings - to get in contact with Dundalk Garda Station on 042-9388400, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111, or any garda station.

"One person who was on the same coach, abused us for our skin colour, our nationality, all those things," Mr Bhattachjee told RTÉ's Liveline earlier this week.

"We felt so bad. He sat beside us after boarding and and he was drunk I think.

"He didn’t stop, he remained there up to Dublin, saying 'why don’t you know English, why have you come here, you should’t have come here."

Another passenger on the train shared a recording of the incident.

In it, the man can be heard shouting abuse at the family such as "Go back to Pakistan, no one has the b*lls to f*cking say it," and "You live under Irish rules or else f*ck off back home."

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