Secunderabad violence: 45 Agnipath protestors arrested

All those who have been arrested were identified by the Government Railway Police after inspecting CCTV footage. The police have also collected WhatsApp and Telegram messages and audio clips through which the protests were allegedly planned.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  19 Jun 2022 7:17 AM GMT
Secunderabad violence: 45 Agnipath protestors arrested

Hyderabad: A day after the protests at the Secunderabad railway station against the Centre's Agnipath recruitment scheme, 45 people were arrested and sent to remand in Cherlapally jail on 18 June.

All those who have been arrested were identified by the Government Railway Police after inspecting CCTV footage.

The police have also collected WhatsApp and Telegram messages and audio clips through which the protests were allegedly planned.

The police said the 45 people who were arrested on Saturday are from different parts of the state.

On 18 June, the director of Sai Defence Academy in Narasaraopeta was taken into custody by the Palnadu police for allegedly instigating the violent protests at the Secunderabad station.

According to the preliminary information, Avula Subba Rao, a former Army man, provoked students to protest against the Agnipath scheme at the Secunderabad station. Rao runs Sai Defence Academy in Narsaraopeta, Hyderabad, and other places.

Rao had travelled from Guntur to Secunderabad on Thursday night. Sources said ahead of his protest, the ex-serviceman allegedly sent voice and text messages through WhatsApp to groups created especially for job aspirants and provoked them. Nearly 300 trainees from his academy reached Secunderabad station from Guntur.

Sources from the police said in the voice messages protestors tell the others to get petrol and tyres.

The police are also investigating other coaching centre trainers in Hyderabad and Telangana.

Meanwhile, according to the railway authorities, the protestors caused damages worth Rs. 3.29 crores at the Secunderabad station on 17 June.

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