Stations, highways are transformed into battlefields in the midst of protests; 1 dead in Telangana
A youth has died and several others have been injured after shots were fired at hundreds of protesters at Secunderabad railway station on Friday morning amid agitations against the Centre’s new Agnipath program for recruiting soldiers in the three services escalated into violence and large-scale arson. In Bihar, internet services have been temporarily suspended in 12 districts: Kaimer, Bhojpur, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Buxer, Nawada, West Champaran, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Begusarai, Vaishali and Saran until June 19, after protesters there turned violent and targeted the homes of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi and Bihar BJP Chairman and MP for West Champaran, Dr Sanjay Jaiwwal.
Rail services were disrupted across the country as protesters blocked tracks and set train carriages on fire in several states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Telangana. Anticipating violence in the state, the government of Haryana has suspended internet services in the Ballabgarh of Faridabad district, while prohibition orders under Section 144, limiting gatherings of more than four people , were imposed in Gurgaon, police said.
Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi on Friday denounced the Center over the Agnipath project. Rahul Gandhi tweeted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not understand what the country wants, listing central government initiatives that have been “rejected” by the people. “He can’t hear anything except the voice of his ‘friends’,” Rahul said. Meanwhile, Priyanka has asked Prime Minister Modi to immediately withdraw the scheme. She added that the government changed its rules for the Agnipath recruitment scheme in less than 24 hours, indicating that it is hastily imposed on the youth.