Agneepath Scheme Protest: One person died in police firing on Friday on the protesters agitating against the Centre's new scheme ' Agneepath ' for recruitment in the army. Four other people were injured. Demonstrations against this plan first started in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, after which it spread to the southern state as well.
RPF fired to disperse the crowd
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) fired at the Secunderabad railway station to disperse the rioting protesters, where three coaches of a train were torched during the protest. Confirming the death of one person, a senior police officer said that the firing was done by the RPF. The injured are being treated at the Government Gandhi Hospital.
Protesters set fire to coaches of three passenger trains
According to a senior official of South Central Railway (SCR), the protesters torched some coaches of three passenger trains, but no passenger was injured in these incidents. "There was an incident (of firing), they (protesters) had to open fire to control them," the official said.
Tension in Secunderabad station and surrounding areas
Tension prevailed in the Secunderabad railway station and surrounding areas. Shops located near the railway station are closed. Video footage broadcast on television indicated some of the injured protesters at the station were being taken to hospital. Protesters took out goods from a parcel compartment, threw them on the tracks and set them on fire, disrupting train services.
The protesters raised slogans against the Center
SCR sources said that the protesters raised slogans against the Center and demanded normal recruitment in the army. The protesters were around 300 to 350 in number. He said the identity of the protesters is yet to be ascertained. Significantly, demonstrations are being held in many parts of the country against the 'Agneepath' scheme. Under this new scheme, the recruitment of soldiers in the Army, Navy and Air Force will be done on contract basis for four years and they will be named 'Agniveer'.