Saturday, April 20, 2024

Agnipath violence: One dead, several injured after police open fire in Telangana

One person lost his life while several others were injured on Friday after police opened fire at Agnipath protestors at Telangana’s Secunderabad railway station.

Hundreds of youngsters gathered at the railway station demanding long-term Army recruitment instead of the new four-year period of service. Violent protest against the new recruitment scheme is gripping India for the third consecutive day.

Telangana police resorted to aerial firing to disperse the angry crowd as protests escalated into large-scale violence and arson, news agency PTI reported.

The protestors set on fire at least or completely damaged Ajanta Express, East Coast Express, and an MMTS train.

Protesters also damaged offices on Platform Nos 1 and 10, ransacked computers and electronics, destroyed CCTV cameras, lights and fans on all 10 platforms and pelted stones on the police.

Food and convenience stalls on all the platforms were also looted and set on fire.

In videos that have gone viral, protesters could be seen wielding long sticks and smashing signboards, fans and electronic display boards, as well as stalled trains and shops and establishments.

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