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Railways alerts Defence Ministry

THE INDIAN Railways has cautioned the Ministry of Defence on fake military warrants being used for travelling. The racket came to light following a case from Meerut Cantonment. ?A passenger was caught travelling on fake warrant in Meerut,? said Ramneesh Kumar, Director of Traffic Commercial (G) from Delhi and added that an FIR has been lodged in this regard in New Delhi. Kumar further said the accused on interrogation revealed that he procured the warrant from the Army Medical Corps, Meerut Cantonment.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 10:54 IST

THE INDIAN Railways has cautioned the Ministry of Defence on fake military warrants being used for travelling.

The racket came to light following a case from Meerut Cantonment. “A passenger was caught travelling on fake warrant in Meerut,” said Ramneesh Kumar, Director of Traffic Commercial (G) from Delhi and added that an FIR has been lodged in this regard in New Delhi.

Kumar further said the accused on interrogation revealed that he procured the warrant from the Army Medical Corps, Meerut Cantonment. The defence secretary was subsequently apprised about the possible racket by Railway Board.

On being asked about efforts to curb such cases, Kumar said the Railways was mulling over to do away with the system of issuing warrants. He said instead military personnel would be given e-ticketing facility to be accessed with a password.

The Army has taken the warning seriously and shot off letters to all the command headquarters about the possible racket. The letter by the Joint Director (Movement) categorically stated that some persons have been detected to be traveling on fake warrants. The Additional Director General Movement of the Indian Army has also not ruled out the possibility of more fake warrants being in circulation.

Surprisingly, Joint Director Movement (C and D) N K Jain, while talking from his New Delhi office over phone, ruled out any such issue having come to the fore.

When told about the Railway Board’s apprehension of more such fake warrants, he said, it was a matter of interpretation.

He maintained that unauthorised persons might have used the warrants, but then there could not be any fake warrants as the same were being printed, under high security, in the government press in Nasik.

On being told about incidents of civilians using the warrants, he said that military warrants were strictly meant for uniformed personnel and not even for the persons attached to the defence services. “Even the ex-servicemen are not entitled for military warrants,” said the Joint Director.  Jain said there were 20 lakh military personnel across the country and an incident or two hardly matter.