It is amazing to see that some senior officers in the Army just cannot avoid throwing their weight around. The Wednesday's incident in Delhi Cantonement where school buses were held up for hours by the Corps of Military Police and not allowed to proceed for the alleged want of security passes is an example. The Deputy GOC's version that these are security drills and that they will continue for the next month or so should be treated with the ridicule it deserves. Especially since the obviously vindictive act is butteressed by the school Principal's statement that even the electricity supply to the school has been tinkered with lately.
Could it be that this is a case of "admission-not-givinitis"? Has the ward of some senior Army officer been denied admission to the prestigious convent schools located in Delhi Cantonment? Or is it a case of the school over-reacting and running to the press to shift the blame on Army authorities?
Well since another school located in the cantonment has also made certain allegations against the authorities it seems that the Delhi Area has been rather fair in giving the rough treatment to the schools. Everyone has got a share of the rod.
But what one would like to ask the venerable Deputy GOC of Delhi Area is that even if it was a security drill and even if the teachers were not in possession of security passes, was it neccessary to put the children through such ordeal in the heat? Could that have not been prevented by the goons wearing red-beret? Should not the OC of the provost unit be asked for an explanation?
And why only the OC of the provost unit, the GOC of Delhi Area himself should be answerable for this shameful act.