One person has died and over 15 have been injured in Telangana’s Secunderabad as violent protests against the new military recruitment policy, Agnipath, spread to the southern state after entering the third consecutive day in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana. Protests have also been reported from West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.
Protestors are demonstrating on railway tracks and have halted all train movement for the last three hours. Security forces are outnumbered as the railway station has been overrun by angry youth, who have already set three trains on fire.
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East Coast Express, Rajkot Express, and Ajanta Express were set on fire by violent mobs. 71 trains – 65 from Hyderabad Multi-Modal Transport System and six express – have been cancelled so far.
The Ministry of Defence had on Tuesday unveiled the Agnipath scheme which is a pan-India merit-based recruitment scheme for enrolling soldiers, airmen and sailors. Under the scheme, young persons will be provided an opportunity to serve in the armed forces as ‘Agniveer’ for a period of four years, including training period.