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Agnipath anger simmers: Secunderabad Violence ‘Mastermind’ in custody, says Police

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Secunderabad: In the breaking development, Police on Secundrabad violence mastermind. An ex-serviceman has been arrested in connection with the violence on Friday over the Agneepath recruitment scheme at Secunderabad railway station. According to officials, the mastermind behind the violence is being told to Avula Subba Rao. Several trains were torched by protesters in Secunderabad. Then one person was killed in firing by the police to disperse the crowd.

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According to the police, Avula Subba Rao allegedly created WhatsApp groups to mobilize the crowd and was instrumental in the arson and vandalism in Secunderabad.

Rao hails from Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh and has been running a training academy for army aspirants for the past few years, which has branches in Narasaraopet, Hyderabad and at least seven other places. The police arrested Rao on Saturday for questioning. 19-year-old Rajesh of Warangal was killed in the violent demonstration. While more than a dozen were injured. The incident happened when thousands of protesters gathered at the railway station on Friday and attacked three passenger trains. During this, the mob burnt train coaches and destroyed public property.

The police have detained many people in connection with the violence from across the state. The agitation erupted in several states after the government on Tuesday unveiled the ‘Agneepath’ scheme to recruit soldiers on a short-term contract basis for four years in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Under this scheme, people in the age group of 17.5 years to 23 years will be inducted into the services for a tenure of four years. During this period, they will be paid a monthly salary of between ₹ 30,000-40,000 plus allowances, followed by mandatory retirement for most without gratuity and pension.

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