Agnipath scheme | Protesters block railway tracks at Thakurnagar in West Bengal

Train services under the Sealdah section of Railway was disrupted due to the protests

June 17, 2022 12:04 pm | Updated 06:47 pm IST - Kolkata

Jammu Tawi Guwahati Express train set on fire by a mob in protest against the Centre’s ‘Agnipath’ scheme, in Hajipur, on June 17.

Jammu Tawi Guwahati Express train set on fire by a mob in protest against the Centre’s ‘Agnipath’ scheme, in Hajipur, on June 17. | Photo Credit: PTI

Protests over the Agnipath scheme erupted in several districts of West Bengal on Friday. There was no report on any violence, but rail and vehicular movement was disrupted at various places in the State.

The protests started at about 7.45 a.m. and continued till 9.30 a.m. The youths carrying the national flag demanded withdrawal of recruitment under Agnipath scheme. Train services under the Sealdah section of Railway was disrupted due to the protests.

After the railway blockade, the youths gathered near the residence of Union Minister of State for Shipping, Ports and Waterways and Bongaon Bharatiya Janata Party MP Santanu Thakur. The police prevented the protesters from going to the residence of BJP MP.

At about 8 a.m. in the morning, another group of youths blocked Howrah, disrupting traffic on the bridge connecting the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata. The protests were lifted after some time. There were protests in Purulia and the south western part of the State and Siliguri in north Bengal, where youths blocked roads demanding that the Agnipath scheme be rolled back.

On Thursday evening, there were protests at Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas district on the same issue, when youths took to the streets. The Trinamool Congress has demanded withdrawal of recruitment under Agnipath scheme.

A number of trains starting from Howrah Station were cancelled and short terminated. Among the trains cancelled were Kolkata-Gorakhpur Express and Raxaul-Mithila Express. “Kamakhya-Delhi Brahmaputra Express (Journey Commencing on 16.06.2022) will be short terminated at Malda Town. Moreover, 03023 Howrah-Patna Examination Special will leave Howrah at 20:00 hrs. on 17.06.2022 instead of scheduled departure time at 13:50 hrs,” a press conference from Eastern Railway said, attributing it to “ongoing student agitation at various stations over East Central Railway”. Hundreds of people were stranded at Howrah station. Among those stranded at the station are students who have come to Kolkata to appear in an examination.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.