Mohamed Eid died after jumping from a moving train when he was found without a ticket
A man has been killed and another lost his leg after being forced to jump from a speeding train when they were caught travelling without a ticket in Egypt.
Mohamed Eid and Ahmed Mohamed were travelling from the city of Alexandria to Luxor, Egypt, when train staff discovered they had no tickets.
A train official opened the No.934 carriage door and ordered them to leave the moving train at Tanta, Egypt, when they could not afford to pay the £3 fine.
The conductor told Egyptian news website Masrawy that he ‘did nothing wrong and they are the ones who jumped’.
He claimed to have opened the train door because ‘they did not have the money for the ticket’.
The head of the train and a ticket conductor were arrested and face charges of premeditated killing.
Mr Eid was buried in his hometown of Shubra al-Kheima, north of Cairo, Egypt.
But the incident has seen people demanding Egypt’s Transport Minister Kamel Al Wazir to resign after he said Mohammed was ‘not a child’ and should have known the consequences of riding without a ticket.
Mr Eid and Ahmed Mohamed were told to leave the train at Tanta, Egypt, (file image of the city) when they could not afford the £3 fine. The conductor told Egyptian news website Masrawy that he ‘did nothing wrong and they are the ones who jumped’
People have called Mr Eid a ‘ticket martyr’ and the #Ticket_Martyr hashtag was used more than 24,000 times on Twitter yesterday.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘We don’t know that the new system says to pay to die.’
Mr Wazir said it was the result of an ‘individual mistake’ and will not happen again, in an interview with Egyptian TV station Sada Al Balad.
He ordered an investigation which will ‘punish employees if found guilty’ before revealing ‘psychological courses’ for train ticket conductors on ‘how to treat the public well’ are being organised.
His ministry will offer £4,817 compensation to Me Eid’s family and £963 to Mr Mohamed’s.
In recent months, Egyptian rail authorities toughened measures including fines against ticketless passengers.
The Transport Wazir was appointed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after a train crash at Cairo’s central station killed 22 people in February (pictured). He wanted to introduce tougher fines
From April, individuals were given a LE20 or LE30 fine for riding ‘VIP’ French and Spanish trains. Those riding ticketless on non-air-conditioned trains would be forced to pay a LE10 fine and LE5 for Alexandria’s Abu Qir Suburbs trains.
Meanwhile the percentage of Egyptian’s living in extreme poverty has risen to 27.8 per cent in 2015 to 32.5 last year, according to government statistics.
Mr Wazir was appointed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after Hashim Arafat resigned. This came just after a train crash at Cairo’s central station which killed 22 people and left 47 people injured.