- The protest took place at Barrackpore Railway Station in Bengal
- Protesters came face to face with passengers in blocking lanes
- Passengers alleged that the media creates hype which in turn encourages the protesters
Agnipath protest: A group of agitators blocked trains doing push-ups at Barrackpore station in Bengal’s northern 24 Parganas on Saturday. Several trains were blocked in front of the station because of this demonstration. The group was protesting against the short-term service program for army recruitment.
There was an altercation between the daily commuters of the railroads and the agitators. Some of the commuters also blamed part of the media for unnecessarily highlighting the protests, which encourages agitators.
Later, a huge police contingent reached the place. First, police personnel attempted to verbally pursue the agitators to stay off the train tracks. However, this did not work and the police had to use force and a light load of lathi to disperse the crowd. After almost two hours, the blockade was lifted and train services resumed.
In the industrial township of Durgapur in the West Bardhaman district of West Bengal, supporters of the youth and student wings of CPI-M staged a protest rally demanding the immediate cancellation of Agnipath. However, the event was peaceful.
Barrackpore local MP Arjun Singh, who recently joined the Trinamool Congress from the BJP, said the Union government has always started such anti-people projects which cause unrest and hurt ordinary people. “The objective of the Union government is to destabilize the peace,” he added.
BJP West Bengal State Chairman and Party MP Sukanta Majumdar said that non-BJP parties are actually misleading young people and tricking them into resorting to such disruptive activities. “I ask agitators to go through the Agnipath scheme and read its positives,” he said.
(with agency contributions)
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