The 5-page short story "Fellow-Feeling" in R. K. Narayan's short story collection Malgudi Days (which I've been reading online is about a few travellers on a train in India. Rajam Iyer, the protagonist, sees a meek passenger bullied by a newcomer, and decides to stand up to the newcomer. He pretends to have magic Brahmin powers and successfully bluffs the bully into backing down from a fight and leaving the train. After the bully leaves the train at Jalarpet, saying his ticket would take him no further, Rajam Iyer lies to the other passengers:
The train had left Jalarpet at least a mile behind. The meek passenger still sat shrunk in a corner of the seat. Rajam Iyer looked over his spectacles and said, ‘Lie down if you like.’
The meek passenger proceeded to roll himself into a ball. Rajam Iyer added, ‘Did you hear that bully say that his ticket was for Jalarpet?’
‘Well,’ he lied, ‘he is in the fourth compartment from here. I saw him get into it just as the train started.’
Though the meek passenger was too grateful to doubt this statement, one or two other passengers looked at Rajam Iyer sceptically.
Why does Rajam Iyer say this? It's clear the bully left the train in fear of him, and quite likely that the bully was lying about his ticket being for Jalarpet, but why would Rajam Iyer just make up having seen him get back onto the train? What difference does this make to the situation or to anyone's perception of it?