Agnipath demonstration: rail services remain affected for the third day in a row

As violence against Agnipath’s recruitment program escalated on Friday, rail services across the country were disrupted, with nearly 300 rail services impacted by service cancellations, short disruptions and diversions .

The change in train schedules due to ongoing student protests across the country has impacted thousands of passengers who use the railways for general travel but are now stuck.

The disruption of services has continued for three days, even after the Center relaxed the age criteria for short-term recruitment of Agniveers into the armed forces.

According to the railways, around 316 train services were impacted up to 4:30 p.m. Friday. This included 80 express mail trains and 134 passenger trains canceled, 61 express mail trains and 30 passenger trains partially canceled, 11 express mail trains diverted.

The East Central and Northeast Railways were the hardest hit by the disruptions. These sections faced maximum disruption throughout the day on Friday. The railways said every effort was being made to contain service disruptions and restore normalcy.

The unrest also caused damage to railway property. The railways have not yet estimated the extent of the loss. Reports said protests broke out at Secunderabad railway station allegedly by army candidates, a bogie was set on fire and property was vandalized. However, the situation was quickly brought under control.

Demonstrations erupted across the country against the Agnipath Armed Forces Recruitment Scheme announced by the government on Wednesday. The scheme provides for a short recruitment of four years for students who would be called Agniveers during the selection.

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