Agnipath Protesters: Don’t Destroy Rail Property, Says Railway Minister

As railway assets are being targeted by individuals opposing the Agneepath project in various areas of the nation, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated on Friday, urging everyone not to engage in violent protests or cause damage to railway facilities.

Mr. Vaishnaw, according to ANI, said, “Railways are national assets, and we must ensure that they are not harmed or damaged. I urge everyone to refrain from engaging in any violent protests or causing damage to the railways’ property. Railways are the country’s property. It is our property, and it is just for your use.”

Protests over the new Armed Forces recruiting process have erupted in several areas of the nation. Protests got violent in several areas, with trains being set on fire.

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Meanwhile, demonstrations against the newly announced military recruiting program, Agnipath, in Telangana’s Secunderabad became violent on Friday, killing one person.

Protesters had already set fire to compartments of a train in Samastipur, Bihar, and those of another train at Lakhisarai station.

The government, for example, introduced the Agnipath Scheme on June 14 to alter the Armed Forces’ recruiting procedure. The Centre has decided to alter the maximum age restriction for recruiting Agniveers in response to the Opposition’s criticism of the new military recruitment plan.

The Agniveer upper age restriction for recruitment under Agnipath Scheme has been increased to 23 years from 21 years, thanks to a one-time waiver granted by the Centre on June 16, 2022.

Agnipath is the program’s name, and the chosen kids will be known as Agniveers. Agnipath is a program that permits patriotic and determined young people to serve in the Armed Forces for four years.