New Delhi: One person was killed and three others injured in the police firing on youths protesting at the Secunderabad railway station on Friday against the Central government’s new military recruitment policy. Police opened fire after the protesters went on a rampage at the station set afire two trains and vandalising the station. The injured were admitted to Gandhi Hospital.
The situation continued to be tense as a large number of protesters remained in the station and on the tracks. The protesters were pelting the police with stones while the latter was retaliating by firing rubber bullets and tear gas shells.
Violent protests over the ‘Agnipath’ scheme continued across Bihar for the third day as agitators disrupted rail and road traffic and set the Bhagalpur-New Delhi Vikramshila Express and Jammu Tawi-Guwahati Express trains on fire.
The Centre extended the upper age limit for the Agnipath recruitment scheme from 21 years to 23 years amid massive protests against the scheme in different parts of the country. Earlier, the entry age for all new recruits in the Armed Forces had been fixed at 17.5 to 21 years of age.