In response to “disturbances in the city”, all three lines of Hyderabad Metro Rail were suspended on Friday.
A group of Army aspirants went on a rampage at the Secunderabad railway station just a few hours ago, breaking a train’s bogie on fire, and damaging the windshield of a Telangana State RTC bus in protest of the reintroduction of the Agnipath Army recruitment scheme.
The Hyderabad Metro Rail has suspended all operations on all three lines until further notice because of some disturbances in the city. HMR advised passengers to make alternate arrangements and take care.”
— L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail (@ltmhyd) June 17, 2022
An angry protest took place at the Secunderabad Railway Station following a protest against the Central government’s Agnipath program. The protestors damaged food stalls, luggage, and partly tainted a goods compartment as they smashed into the railway tracks and platforms. There were also a few two-wheelers that were set on fire.
The protests on Thursday also demanded that the Union government roll back the Agnipath scheme, which allows females and men to apply for recruitment if they are under 17.25 and 21. This group of candidates is likely to serve for a period of four years. On the basis of merit and medical fitness, 25% of the ‘Agniveers’ will be retained in the regular cadre after four years of service. Employees who qualify for the retention program can serve another 15 years, while those who don’t qualify will exit with a package of Rs 11-12 lakh.
After protests in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana have continued for the third consecutive day, one person in Telangana’s Secunderabad has been killed, and more than 15 others injured.
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