Agneepath Scheme Protest Live Updates: 12 Trains Burnt, Stations Vandalised

Agneepath Scheme Protest Live Updates: 12 Trains Burnt, Stations Vandalised

New Delhi: At least one person has died and several others injured as angry mob set trains on fire and clashed with police in several states over the new military recruitment policy, Agneepath. The government has defended the scheme, calling it “transformative”.

A 19-year-old from Warangal has died and over 15 were injured in Telangana’s Secunderabad as violent protests spread to the southern state. Several states like Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have witnessed violent agitation over the new scheme.

In Bihar, the house of Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi was attacked in Bettiah in West Champaran district amid protests against the new recruitment scheme that has set off a firestorm.

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“Such type of violence is very dangerous for the society. The protesters should remember that this is a loss for the society,” Ms Devi, who is currently in Patna, told media. Bihar has borne the brunt of the violence, which began on Wednesday.

Internet has been suspended in 12 districts in Bihar. The government said that the misuse of social networking sites is likely to be detrimental to interests of peace in these 12 districts.

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.

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Protests also erupted in Varanasi, Firozabad and Amethi, causing damage to government buses and other symbols of public property. A local BJP leader’s car was torched in Aligarh.

At least 12 trains have been set on fire and over 300 others have been affected – 214 cancelled, 11 diverted and 90 did not make it to their destinations – since the protests erupted on Wednesday, according to the Railways.


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