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Huge ruckus in Telangana against ‘Agnipath’, 3 trains torched at Secunderabad station, one dead

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Secunderabad: There is anger in the whole country regarding the changes in the recruitment process in the army. Protesters are expressing their protest in different parts of the country. Despite the age amendment in the scheme, the protest continues. Three trains were set ablaze and railway property was also damaged. 71 trains canceled amid protests. A youth died during a protest against ‘Agneepath’ in Secunderabad, Telangana. At the same time more than 15 people were injured in the protest.

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Actually, this protest which started from Bihar has spread to many states of the country. A large number of young protesters reached the railway station of Secunderabad this morning itself. During this, the mob ransacked the train and set the train on fire. The agitators also started pelting stones, to control which the security forces had to fire.

Additional forces were rushed to the area that resembled a battle zone. Authorities have cancelled all the trains. With the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) buses also being targeted outside the station, the corporation suspended bus services in the area. Forces were also rushed to Kazipet and Jangaon railway stations as a precautionary measure.

Let us inform that in the midst of protests against the government’s decision for three days, this morning the agitators also ransacked the Samastipur and Lakhisarai railway stations in Bihar and set the train on fire. Several AC coaches were set on fire. At the same time, the railway track was also blocked. Many railway trains have been affected due to the sabotage.

Apart from this, the protesters protesting in Ara have also set fire to the passenger train parked at Kulhadiya station, expressing their anger. Operation on Patna-Deendayal Upadhyay Junction main line has been disrupted due to arson. At the same time, the railway line has been jammed near Museum Gumti in Darbhanga. The main road from Laheriasarai to Darbhanga has also been blocked. Many trains are stuck in this route. After the information, a large number of police forces have been deployed.

In Uttar Pradesh, a mob entered a railway station in Ballia this morning and set a train coach on fire, and also damaged railway station property before the police used force to disperse them.

Over 200 trains have been affected – 35 trains have been cancelled while 13 short-terminated- since the protests erupted on Wednesday, according to the Railways.

The age limit for Agnipath recruitment has now been raised to 23 from 21 as a “one-time waiver” following the protests. The government has also put out a 10-point defence of the scheme and assured recruits they will not find themselves in the lurch after completing their four years in the military.

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