The central government on June 14 took a fresh decision to increase youth participation in the armed forces. As a part of this, they announced the ‘Agneepath Recruitment Scheme’ to recruit youth to serve the country for four years.
An attack on a grand scale on Secunderabad railway station was planned in the WhatsApp groups on the 15th of this month at 1.58 pm against the Agneepath scheme. There are also 3 other WhatsApp groups affiliated with it. Raja Surendra of Malkajgiri provoked the aspiring Army candidates in the group through a WhatsApp group called ‘Secunderabad Railway Station Block’. He urged the attendees to come to the protest venue and carry old clothes and tires.
Raja Surendra, who smashed the windows of an RTC bus and smashed the AC bogies of trains on the platform before leaving for the railway station on June 17 (Friday), handed over sticks, flags, and stones to the protesters who arrived at the Secunderabad railway station on Friday morning. The sabotage lasted for hours.
Hundreds of young people stormed the railway station on June 17, destroying hundreds of grocery stores and bookshops, and creating havoc for three hours. They went over the platforms and vandalized the shops and put the goods on the tracks. Parcel items belonging to railway parcels were taken and placed on the track and set on fire. The bogies of various trains were set on fire.
Prithviraj from Adilabad and Santosh from Kamareddy were among those who set fire to the train bogies. Police first launched tear gas to curb the protesters who used the stones, sticks, and steel rods around them to destroy all the items that were found around them. In order to control the situation, police had to fire ten rounds of tear gas.
In this battle between the protestors and the police troops, one person was killed and two were injured. Hundreds of youths were at the Secunderabad railway station even at 12.30 pm. The protesters then sat on the tracks leading from Secunderabad to Warangal and protested. Police have cordoned off the area from Secunderabad to Vikarabad to bring the situation under control. Police kept the situation under control till evening and resumed train services.
As of now, the Police have arrested 56 people in connection with the vandalism at the Secunderabad railway station. Experts believe that the state government ignored the destruction for a few hours despite the information from intelligence sources. It is said that adequate security was not provided intentionally. According to the inquiry, leaders of the Congress and Muslim communities played their part in the sabotage.