Fact Check: Video of Secunderabad Agnipath protest passed off as UP protests

Amidst the ongoing nationwide Agnipath protests, a video of protestors pelting stones at trains is being shared on WhatsApp with the claim that it shows the situation in Uttar Pradesh.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  23 Jun 2022 2:58 AM GMT
Fact Check: Video of Secunderabad Agnipath protest passed off as UP protests

Hyderabad: Amidst the ongoing nationwide Agnipath protests, a video of protestors pelting stones at trains is being shared on WhatsApp with the claim that it shows the situation in Uttar Pradesh.


FACT CHECK:

Firstly, the name of the railway station 'Secunderabad' can be clearly seen in the video. The name of the station is written in English, Hindi, and Telugu. Clearly, the video is from Secunderabad in Telangana and not Uttar Pradesh.

On 17 June, protests broke out at the Secunderabad railway station over Centre's Agnipath recruitment scheme. It resulted in vandalism, forcing the authorities to suspend train services temporarily. One person was killed during the protest and many were injured.

According to news reports, the protesters expressed their dissatisfaction with the Center's newly-introduced Agnipath scheme for the armed forces. They said it left behind others who had been waiting for three years for the Common Entrance Exam (CEE) to be conducted. Approximately 1,500 people participated in the violent protest. According to the railway authorities, the mob raised slogans and waved banners and placards. Then they threw cargo onto the platform and the tracks and burnt it. (Read more here and here)

Clearly, the video is from the Secunderabad railway station in Telangana and has nothing to do with Uttar Pradesh.


Claim Review:A video of Agnipath protest in UP.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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