Railway stations and highways bear brunt of Agnipath protests | India Information – Occasions of India

 Railway stations and highways bear brunt of Agnipath protests | India News - Times of India

2022-06-19 02:30:46

Armed males in a mob rampaging by Taregna railway station in Bihar’s Patna district on Saturday opened hearth to maintain at bay a GRP staff after 9 of their personnel have been injured in relentless stone-pelting, marking the third consecutive day of railway properties in a number of states being singed by the violent agitation in opposition to the Centre’s Agnipath scheme.
Highways, buses and parked autos have been the opposite tender targets within the spree of destruction wrought by protesters in Bihar and elements of UP, Punjab and Rajasthan. The southern states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu reported rising pockets of unrest, however have been largely spared the rioting and arson which have characterised protests within the north and east.

9 GRP personnel injured in Bihar station rampage as agitation spreads
The day’s worst violence occurred at Masaurhi close to Patna, with bullets flying together with stones and teargas shells amid a statewide bandh referred to as by varied organisations in opposition to the Agnipath scheme to recruit youth to the armed forces.
“The mob first surrounded the GRP police put up at Taregna station and held some personnel hostage. They set ablaze two vehicles, together with a police automotive parked close by, and 6 two-wheelers. The miscreants additionally torched the stationmaster’s cabin, broken the ticket counter, the visitors management room and CCTVs throughout the platforms. The money until on the ticket counter was looted too,” an officer stated.
The GRP staff fired just a few rounds within the air and used tear gasoline shells to disperse the mob, he stated. SSP Manavjit Singh Dhillon and DM Chandrashekhar Singh reached the station with reinforcements from Patna, round 30km away, and arrested 63 individuals.

Singh alleged that two teaching institutes for job interviews at Masaurhi incited the protesters. “Strict motion is being initiated in opposition to those that run these centres.”
The Patna-Gaya part of East Central Railway’s Danapur division was the epicentre of the mob violence. At Tehta, they threw a log of wooden and fireballs on the rail tracks. Kuchman station was ransacked, as have been Raghunathpur and Tunniganj. Sheikhpura, Guraru close to Gaya and Zamania railway stations additionally reported stone-pelting and injury to railway gear.
In UP, round 190 individuals have been arrested, over 100 detained and greater than two dozen FIRs lodged for destroying public property throughout anti-Agnipath protests in Jaunpur, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Aligarh and Mathura.
Protesters torched a state-owned bus on the Jaunpur-Prayagraj freeway in Badlapur, two motorbikes in Jaunpur and broken two different buses in Mirzapur. A railway station and a crossing have been vandalised in Chandauli. A automotive belonging to a BJP functionary was broken at Sikrara.

A complete of 360 individuals have been arrested since June 17 and 29 FIRs registered. Further DGP Prashant Kumar stated all district police chiefs had been requested to kind small groups and intensify patrolling close to highways, railway stations and bus stops.
Varanasi divisional commissioner Deepak Agarwal stated the vandals have been being recognized. They may very well be charged underneath the UP Gangsters and Anti-Social Actions (Prevention) Act, he stated.
In Punjab, masked protesters stormed Ludhiana railway station and vandalised the property. In addition they smashed the home windows of a police patrol automotive. Joint commissioner of police Ravcharan Brar stated the group had been “instigated” to commit vandalism. Two FIRs have been filed, one by Ludhiana police and one other by GRP, and 8-10 suspects rounded up.
“I used to be seated on bench when round 30 protesters with sticks landed on the platform and began smashing every thing in sight,” stated Inderjit Singh, a practice passenger who witnessed the vandalism.

Jalandhar noticed protesters jam the nationwide freeway close to PAP Chowk from 11.30am to 4pm, stalling all visitors heading to or coming from Amritsar, Pathankot, Jammu, Ludhiana and Delhi. They lifted the blockede solely after talking to Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann. Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujawan Sabha state basic secretary Dharminder Singh claimed that hundreds of Military aspirants in Punjab have been ready for the written take a look at after having cleared the bottom exams. He stated the brand new scheme had jeopardised their careers.
The Jaipur-Delhi freeway (NH-48) was the goal of protesters at Behror in Rajasthan’s Alwar on Saturday. A mob wrecked a state roadways bus after cops thwarted their plans to torch it. Driver Mahesh Kumar stated practically 30 youths had stormed the bus and tried to set it ablaze.
In Jodhpur, police averted a recent protest and detained 5 college students who had assembled at Paota in response to a marketing campaign on social media. They have been let off with a warning. Jaipur noticed some protesters goal flower pots at a railway station on Benar Street.
Okay’taka, Kerala, TN see rising pockets of unrest
A protest in Karnataka’s Dharwad led the police to baton-charge lots of of youths who had converged close to Kala Bhavan, elevating anti-BJP slogans. Some protesters hurled stones at a passing bus. Over a dozen youths have been taken into preventive custody and launched later.
Protests additionally occurred at Gokak and elements of the neighbouring Belagavi district. In Kalaburagi, chief of opposition within the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, stated the Congress would maintain an agitation at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi from Sunday.
Kerala witnessed its first day of agitation as 700 Military aspirants took out a march to Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram, demanding that the six-time postponed Military recruitment examination be held on the earliest. All of the younger males who participated within the march had handed the bodily and medical examinations for Military recruitment held final 12 months. They have been united by a social media collective “Justice For Military College students”.
In Tamil Nadu, Triplicane police arrested 500 individuals for holding a protest in opposition to the Agnipath scheme at Island Floor. Warangal in Telangana briefly simmered on Saturday through the funeral procession of Military aspirant D Rakesh, who died in police firing throughout protests at Secunderabad railway station. As mourners jostled for house alongside the route, a bit of the gang turned violent and torched signboards, broken a BSNL workplace and broke the shutters of a warehouse company workplace. A mob additionally tried to divert the procession in the direction of Warangal railway station, however swift police motion prevented additional bother.

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