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Army personnel assault fellow train passengers

They brutally assaulted some passengers of Guwahati-bound North East Express and threw their luggage, report Ramashankar and Avinash Kr.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 19:57 IST

The Army personnel did the avoidable again late on Wednesday night. They brutally assaulted some passengers of Guwahati-bound North East Express, threw their luggage and misbehaved with women travellers between Dhina and Jamania railway stations under Danapur railway division.

The Buxar GRP arrested nine persons, including four Army jawans and three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, for creating nuisance on the running train. The train was allowed to proceed further only after the erring jawans were arrested. The train got delayed about an hour following the incident.

The Danapur Sub-Area (headquarters of Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa) authority has taken a serious view of the incident. Colonel (GS) AP Pandey said Brigadier SK Vijeswar has taken the matter seriously and asked the officials of 39GTC, Varanasi to inquire into the matter.

"The jawans will be taken into custody by the Army officials for interrogation. If the allegations are found to be true, the jawans may have to face the court of inquiry. If required, they may be court marshalled, depending on seriousness of the offence," Colonel Pandey said.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Railway, Ajay Verma said the incident took place when a group of Army and BSF jawans travelling in the general coach of the train ordered the passengers, who had boarded the train at Mughalarsai railway, to get down claiming that the bogies was reserved for them.

When the passengers realised that the Army and BSF personnel were trying to befool them, they refused to follow their diktat. Enraged over the defiance, the Army and BSF jawans beat up the passengers black and blue till the train stopped at Dhina railway station, the DIG said.

He said the luggage of the passengers were thrown out while some women travellers were misbehaved with. One of the passengers informed the Buxar GRP officials through cell phone. Subsequently, the Railway Protection Security Force (RPSF) officials were put on alert.

ADRM, Danapur, B Rai said that the RPSF personnel escorting the train took the jawans into custody when they came to know that the train had been detained by some passengers, who were demanding action against the Army and BSF personnel. "While the Army jawans will be handed over to their officials for initiating proceedings, the BSF jawans and the civilians will face the legal action initiated by the GRP," he added.

An FIR was registered by the GRP at Buxar railway station in this connection following complaints from the passengers, Verma said, adding that the blood samples of the arrested persons would be sent for examination as the victims alleged that the Army jawans were in an inebriated condition.

This is the third such incident in Bihar during the past three months. Earlier, some children were thrown out of a train at Katihar railway station three months ago. Moreover, eleven army men were arrested by the Barauni GRP on the charge of committing similar unlawful act in a train a few months ago.

The arrested jawans have been identified as Kamalwada (299 field regiment), Naveen Kumar Rai (Gorkha Rifles), Khareri Bhag (25 regiment, Danapur), BD Hasib (299 field regiment), Sultan Singh (14 battalion BSF) and Sukhpal Ram (145 battalion BSF). The civilians are -- Vikash Dasti (Silliguri), Jagarnath Burman (Himachal Pradesh) and Rosey Tamgum (Jalpaiguri).