Anantnag: Leaving many office goers and other commuters stranded, army soldiers on Thursday occupied three of the six bogeys on an early morning train, not allowing anyone else to board them.
The army had also parked their heavy vehicles inside the railway stations at Srinagar and Budgam to ferry their men, much to the displeasure of the Railway officials.
According to many commuters Kashmir Reader talked to, the 7:00 AM train from Banihal had three of its bogeys occupied by the soldiers.
“I was waiting for the train at Anantnag railway station and was left aghast to see that three of the total of six bogeys had been occupied by army men,” a commuter told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the troopers, despite requests from the commuters, refused to open doors of the bogeys to allow anyone else to enter.
“I was lucky to get a foothold at the door of one of the three remaining bogeys, but many people were not. They had to leave and board a vehicle outside the station,” said a commuter.
Another commuter who was not able to board the train said he reached his office in Srinagar at about 11:30 AM.
“I don’t understand how the railway authorities allowed this kind of gundagardi by the army men. Hundreds of commuters were put to severe inconvenience,” he said.
Two bogeys of another train from Budgam to Qazigund were also occupied by the army today.
People say that this was not the first time such a thing had happened.
“In the past couple of months they have done this quite a few times,” several people alleged.
A railway employee told Kashmir Reader, “We were out for a morning walk and when we returned, the army men did not allow us to enter the railway station. We were shocked at their behaviour.”
Railway officials acknowledged that bogeys were occupied by the army and the incident was not the first one.
“They probably talk to our higher-ups for doing so but we have no intimation regarding such travels by the army,” an official said.
Srinagar-based army spokesperson, Rajesh Kalia said, “move of Army personnel by train was done in co-ordination with the concerned authorities. All laid down procedures were followed during the move”.