Kashmir: Army truck rams taxi in Pulwama, soldiers pool in money to compensate driver

After a collision between an army truck and a local taxi in Kashmir's Pulwama district today, all personnel riding in the truck pooled in money to compensate the driver.

According to eyewitnesses, the speeding army truck rammed a parked Tavera with six passengers inside at the Muran Chowk in Pulwama town.

All the passengers escaped unhurt but the taxi suffered massive damage.

"The erring army driver locked the windows and refused to come out from the vehicle. However, the local driver didn't budge and continued to demand money, even as other army personnel tried to pacify him," a witnesses said.

Locals surround the army truck that rammed a taxi.

As per reports, some azaadi slogans were also raised in the heat of the moment. The accident led to a traffic snarl in the area.

Witnesses say that some local boys even climbed on top of the army truck and started sloganeering.

Soon, Paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force and a team of Jammu Kashmir Police rushed to the spot.

After an hour-long tussle between the locals and army personnel, those riding the truck pooled in Rs 10,000 and paid the driver for his damages. DySP Headquarter Pulwama said that the situation was handled carefully and matter was resolved amicably.

"Army compensated the civil driver from their own pocket," he said and confirmed that Rs 10,000 were given to the driver.

Srinagar based Defence Spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said, "An army administrative convoy was returning from Srinagar when a civil Taveera vehicle hit one of the Army vehicles from wrong side. No one was injured. The matter was discussed and resolved on spot."