The Telangana government on Friday announced Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia for the family of the youth who died allegedly in railway police firing at Secunderabad railway station during the protest against new armed forces recruitment policy 'Agnipath'. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday night announced the compensation for the kin of D Rakesh (22), who hailed from Dabeerpet village of Warangal district of the state.
Expressing deep shock over the death of Rakesh, he conveyed his deep condolences to the youth's family and said a son of Backward Classes lost his life due to wrong policies of the Union government. The Chief Minister also announced that in addition to Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia, a government job will be provided to a member of Rakesh's family as per his or her qualification.
The 24 year-old Rakesh, an Army aspirant, was the youngest of four siblings, while his father and brother are into agriculture. The deceased, an unfortunate first casualty of the ongoing protests against the Union governmentâ€™s new recruitment policy for the Armed forces, hailed from Dabeerpet village in Warangal district of Telangana.
According to Raju, the village Sarpanch, the victim did his schooling in the village and was pursuing graduation.
He is survived by his father, mother, an elder brother and two elder sisters. Rakesh's father and elder brother are farmers, Raju said. A relative of Rakesh is into police service, he added.
The deceased, aged about 25, has reportedly cleared the requisite tests for selection into Army but a written test was not conducted. This led them to protest today, the sarpanch claimed.
Meanwhile, Telangana Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao and state Sports and Youth Services Minister V Srinivas Goud expressed anguish over the demise of the youth from Warangal district.
They found fault with the 'Agnipath' scheme and alleged that the NDA government at the Union government is responsible for the situation arising due to the protests over the scheme.
Violent protests have broken out in parts of the country demanding the Union government to roll back 'Agnipath' scheme unveiled by the Ministry of Defence which is a pan-India merit-based recruitment scheme for enrolling soldiers, airmen and sailors. Trains were set afire, public and police vehicles attacked and personnel injured as protests over 'Agnipath' snowballed and swept across several states including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on Thursday.
Under the scheme, young persons will be provided an opportunity to serve in the armed forces as 'Agniveer' for a period of four years, including training period.
Earlier in the day, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) resorted to firing to disperse protesters who went on a rampage at the Secunderabad Railway station where three coaches of a train were set ablaze during the agitation.
Confirming the death, a senior police official told PTI that the firing was done by Railway Protection Force (RPF).
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