Agnipath: KCR Blames Center For Death Of Protester

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has granted financial aid of Rs 25 lakh to the family of a man who died during a demonstration against the Agnipath plan for defense posts.

Rakesh, a 19-year-old student from Telangana’s Secunderabad, was murdered yesterday when police opened fire on a crowd protesting the new short-term military recruiting system.

A total of more than a dozen people were hurt.

According to a statement sent by his office, the Chief Minister expressed sorrow and sadness over the loss of Rakesh, a Warangal resident, in the Railway Police shooting.

The Chief Minister’s Office also stated that the man’s family would get financial support of Rs. 25 lakh and that one of his relatives would be hired by the government.

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According to the Chief Minister, the state government will safeguard Telangana’s youngsters, who blamed the youngster’s death on the center’s “wrong policies.”

Telangana is one of many states where demonstrations have erupted in the last few days in response to the central government’s announcement of the Agnipath program for military recruitment.