Broken dreams, shattered lives: Warangal lad's love for olive green ends in tragedy

Damira Rakesh, 24, was waiting for two years to write the Army Recruitment Common Entrance Test. When the Agnipath Recruitment Scheme was announced, he was furious. He had always aspired to join the army and with the Agnipath Scheme, he couldn’t as the age limit set for the scheme initially was 17-21 years.

By Amrutha Kosuru  Published on  18 Jun 2022 5:53 AM GMT
Broken dreams, shattered lives:  Warangal lads love for olive green ends in tragedy

Damira Rakesh, 24, was waiting for two years to write the Army Recruitment Common Entrance Test. When the Agnipath Recruitment Scheme was announced, he was furious. He had always aspired to join the army and with the Agnipath Scheme, he couldn't as the age limit set for the scheme initially was 17-21 years.

Hailing from the Dabeerpet village in Khanapur Mandal of Warangal district. Rakesh left for the Secunderabad Railway Station protests on Thursday night with a few of his friends.

Rakesh was one of the many protestors who entered the railway station on Friday morning. To control the situation, the police opened fire in the air as the situation turned violent. A bullet hit Rakesh in the middle of the agitation.

On Friday morning, Rakesh was declared 'brought dead' by doctors at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad.

Rakesh completed his graduation in Narsampet. He is the youngest child of a farmer couple. He wanted to follow in his sister's footsteps who is the Border Security Force.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock and grief over the death of Rakesh in the Railway Police firing while participating in a dharna against the recruitment in Army services by Union Government in the name of Agnipath.

Chief Minister expressed condolences to the bereaved family members of Rakesh who lost his life to the wicked policies of the Union Government.

CM KCR announced Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia to Rakesh's family and also one government job to an eligible member of the family. He said that Rakesh was the victim of wrong policies adopted by the Union Government. CM KCR made it clear that he will safeguard the interests of Telangana citizens.

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