Agnipath Scheme: Protest turns violent in Ludhiana, railway station vandalised

Agnipath Scheme: Protest turns violent in Ludhiana, railway station vandalised

Tribune Information Service

Ludhiana, June 18

Protest in opposition to the Centre’s Agnipath scheme took a violent activate Saturday when over three dozen masked youths carrying sticks and iron rods vandalised the native railway station.

the damaged windowpanes on the Ludhiana railway station on Saturday. Tribune photograph Himanshu Mahajan

They smashed the windowpanes on the most important entrance of the station, broke LED signboards and broken the property. The protesters then smashed the windowpanes of a practice standing on the platform. The police reached the spot and tried to pacify them.

Triggered by miscreants

Youths have been protesting peacefully at Bharat Nagar Chowk. However after they began marching in the direction of Dugra Mata Temple, some miscreants incited them after which they broken a PCR and vandalised the railway station. RS Brar, Joint Commissioner of Police

After the incident, Police Commissioner Kaustubh Sharma and senior officers of the Authorities Railway Police reached the spot.

“We appeared within the bodily health examination for the Military recruitment beneath the unit headquarter quota for the Sikh Regimental Centre in Ramgarh Cantonment in 2020, however our written take a look at has been postponed. Now with the Agnipath scheme, we might not be thought-about for the written examination,” mentioned a protester throughout police questioning.

Initially, protesters, carrying placards demanding the pending Widespread Entrance Examination and in opposition to the Agnipath scheme, protested at Bharat Nagar Chowk. Later, they marched in the direction of Durga Mata Temple Chowk the place they broken a PCR automobile. Quickly, an alert was already sounded however a number of cops current at a naka couldn’t cease the protesters, who then entered the railway station.

Notably, the police additionally impounded a Scorpio belonging to a farm chief on the suspicion that the protesters had been transported to the railway station in that automobile. Eight youths have been detained up to now.

Joint Commissioner of Police RS Brar mentioned: “We are going to nab the miscreants who incited violence. Protesters have been aged round 21-25 years.”

In the meantime, residents trolled the police on social media. One of many posts learn: “When protesters broken the PCR automobile at Durga Mata Temple Chowk, the police had ample time to manage the scenario. Nonetheless, the protesters nonetheless marched in the direction of the Jagraon Bridge, the place they broken the barricading within the presence of cops after which headed to the railway station and vandalised it. It’s a transparent failure of the police.”

Nonetheless, no case was registered until submitting of the report.

Safety up at different railway stations

Cops deployed on the Amritsar railway station on Saturday. PTI

Bathinda: Following the violent protest in Ludhiana, safety has been beefed up at Bathinda, Mansa, Maur, Rampura Phul and different railway stations as a safety measure. Senior officers have been monitoring the scenario since Saturday morning. Moreover Railway Safety Power, the native police and the GRP have been deployed to stop any untoward incident. TNS

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