The agitators also damaged offices on Platform numbers 1 and 10, ransacked computers and electronics, destroyed CCTV cameras, lights and fans on all 10 platforms and pelted stones at the police.
Secunderabad: A youth died, another was critical and several others were injured after the Telangana Police opened fire at the protestors who went on a rampage at the Secunderabad Railway Station on Friday against the Centre’s Agnipath Scheme. The protestors had set train coaches on fire and had damaged stalls inside the station premises.
The agitators also damaged offices on Platform numbers 1 and 10, “ransacked computers and electronics, destroyed CCTV cameras, lights and fans on all 10 platforms and pelted stones at the police,” said officials. Food and convenience stalls on all the platforms were also looted and set on fire.
To quell the swelling mob, the police reportedly fired 10 rounds of bullets. As many as 13 persons are undergoing treatment at the Gandhi Hospital and one among them is said to be in a serious condition with injury on his chest.
Meanwhile, Protests by Armed Forces aspirants against the Agnipath scheme continued on Friday in several parts of the country with reports of the agitators burning trains in several pockets of Bihar coming in since early morning. The protests have also spread in other parts of the country but Bihar seems to be the worst-hit.
At Lakhminia Railway station, the protestors set fire to railway premises, set up blockades on the tracks and shouted anti-government slogans.
On Thursday, similar violence had broken out in parts of Bihar over the Centre’s decision to rollout the Agnipath scheme for recruitment of aspirants in the tri-services — Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy — for a period of four years. Armed Forces aspirants had taken to the streets in several parts and had resorted to violence such as setting up roadblocks and smashing window panes of trains.