Agnipath Yojana: Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnav urges to stop violence, vandalism of trains

New Delhi:

In the view of rising number of protests against the “Agnipath Yojana”, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Friday urged the protestors not to cause violent protests and damage the trains. He cited that the railway services are for the people of the nation.

“I appeal to the youth to not indulge in violent protests and not damage the property of the Railways. Railways are the property of the country,” said Vaishnav. 

The announcement of the new recruitment policy sparked a row in the nation as the number of violent protests are being reported. In opposition of ‘Agnipath Yojana’, youth aspirants, in many parts of the country, torched the trains standing on the railway tracks. 

As per the North Eastern Railway’s bulletin, schedule of as many as 21 trains were delayed in Uttar Pradesh owing to the sit-in protest on the railway track. 

Rail services across eastern India were disrupted as violence against the ‘Agnipath Yojana’ intensified in Bihar on Friday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. At several places, trains were set on fire leaving them completely damaged. The demonstrators also threw stuff including charis, stall on the railway tracks. 

Meanwhile earlier in the day, one person was killed while eight others were seriously injured when police opened fire to disperse an angry mob at Telangana’s Secunderabad railway station. Hundreds of candidates vying for army recruitment exams ransacked Telangana’s main railway station. The injured were taken to Secunderabad’s Gandhi Hospital.

The mob also vandalised State Road Transport Corporation buses outside the railway station, forcing South-Central Railway officials to halt all trains entering the station immediately.


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