Agnipath recruitment scheme: Mastermind of Secunderabad railway station violence arrested

The police have arrested an ex-Armyman Avula Subba Rao and have claimed that he is the mastermind behind the violence wherein several trains were set on fire by the protesters.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, June 19, 2022, 10:49 AM IST
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Agnipath recruitment scheme: Mastermind of Secunderabad railway station violence arrested | (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP)

After the Centre announced the Agnipath Recruitment Scheme, protests broke out across the country. On Friday Secunderabad railway station in Telangana was vandalised by the protestors. The protestors set the train on fire and vandalised the stalls at the station.

The police have arrested an ex-Armyman Avula Subba Rao and have claimed that he is the mastermind behind the violence wherein several trains were set on fire by the protesters.

As per the report on the NDTV website, Rao created WhatsApp groups to coordinate with the mob and was the key player in arson and vandalism.

Rao, an ex-serviceman, runs Sai Defence Academy branches in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Railway Police, with the help of the police in both the states, are probing the alleged role of some private defence academies, which train armed forces, job aspirants.

The directors of some private academies are suspected to have provoked the youth and mobilised them by creating WhatsApp groups.

They created WhatsApp groups like Hakimpet Army Soldiers, Secunderabad Railway Station Blocks, and 17/6 to circulate messages to the youth to reach the railway station for the protest.

Subba Rao is suspected to have played a key role in inciting youth. Similarly, the organiser of an academy in Karimnagar is also suspected to have mobilised the youth.

Railway and police authorities were caught unawares as more than 1,000 youth on Friday morning barged into Secunderabad railway station and went on a rampage, burning train coaches, damaging parcel goods, and ransacking stalls.

Railway Police had opened fire to quell the violence, resulting in the death of one army aspirant and injuries to some others.

Police have arrested more than 50 suspects for the violence. They were brought to Gandhi Hospital amid tight security for medical check-up and are likely to be produced before a magistrate later.

Secunderabad Railway Police booked cases against those who indulged in violence. The accused were booked for attempt to murder, unlawful assembly and rioting.

Hyderabad police late Friday announced that they will probe the conspiracy angle in the violence that rocked Secunderabad railway station on Friday during the protest against the Central government's army recruitment scheme Agnipath.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand has directed Additional Commissioner, Crimes & SIT, and Deputy Commissioner Task Force to closely monitor the criminal cases registered by Railway Police Force, Secunderabad.

The top officials have been asked to find out the "objective, conspiracy and detailed planning which was done to create such violent incidents and damage the railway properties".

Meanwhile, there was high drama at Gandhi Hospital on Saturday evening when Telangana Congress chief and MP A. Revanth Reddy sneaked into the hospital despite tight security to meet the youth who were injured in the police firing at Secunderabad station.

As police had stepped up security at the main entrance to stop Revanth Reddy, he entered the premises from the rear entrance and called on the youth and enquired about their condition.

In another development, the State Human Rights Commission has taken suo moto note of Friday's violence and sought a detailed report from the police.

(With input from agencies)

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