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Agnipath protests: Ludhiana railway station vandalised, six detained

Written by  Dinkle Popli -- June 18th 2022 06:19 PM
Agnipath protests: Ludhiana railway station vandalised, six detained

Agnipath protests: Ludhiana railway station vandalised, six detained

Protesting against the Centre’s contentious Agnipath recruitment scheme, a mob set fire to a hut and vandalised furniture at the Ludhiana railway station on Saturday. Six rioters have been detained. Also Read: What is 'Agnipath' scheme? Know all about 'Agniveer' controversy [Explained]   Officials say that around 11am, a mob comprising around 70-80 youngsters damaged mirrors at the entrance of Ludhiana station near platform 1, burnt a hut and dumped furniture on railway tracks. Four trains were immediately halted outside the Ludhiana railway station, including New Delhi Shatabdi, Shan-e-Punjab, Nangal Dam Express and Pathankot-Delhi Express. The vandalism took place despite the presence of Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel at the entrance of the station. Some protesters also pelted stones at the security staff and also had an altercation with the railways staff. The vehicle of a protester was impounded, while the owner managed to flee. GRP deputy superintendent of police Balram Rana said the protesters had entered the stadium, posing as passengers, and had eventually assembled at the station entrance. “Due to the alertness of security personnel,nobody was hurt,” he added. -PTC News


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