Agnipath protest: Coaching institutes on radar

Several coaching institutes and training centres- that prepare youth to get into the armed-forces- are being suspected behind the ongoing protests in Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana against government’s recently rolled out Agnipath scheme, reported TOI.

The police have arrested close to 700 protesters and lodged an FIR against two coaching centres for erupting violence in the states on the basis of video footage and Whatsapp messages. Several other academies are on the police radar.

According to a report published by TOI, the police in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are investigating Subba Rao, director of Sai Defence Academy and nine other training centres, on the charges of sending provocative Whatsapp messages and delivering hate speeches a day before viloent protests erupted at Secunderabad railway station.

Secunderabad Railway Police booked cases against those who indulged in violence. The accused were booked for attempt to murder, unlawful assembly and rioting.

Similarly, in Bihar, the vandalism incidents have led to the destruction of property worth Rs 200 crore, damage to around 50 train coaches and five engines that were completely burnt and are out of service, a railway official said on Saturday.

“Vandalism incidents in railway premises have led to losses of over Rs 200 crore. Fifty coaches and five engines were completely burnt and went out of service,” said Prabhat Kumar, the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) for the Danapur Rail Division.

He further informed that Platforms, computers and various technical parts were damaged while some trains were also cancelled.

The protests against the scheme turned violent in parts of the country including Bihar. At least three trains were set ablaze.

(With inputs from ANI)

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