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Youths protesting against Agnipath scheme set empty train on fire in UP’s Ballia

Youths protesting against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme set an empty train on fire in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district on Friday morning. The incident was reported from Ballia’s Cantt railway station, and the police said the youths were dispersed and the fire was doused.

Videos of youths vandalizing trains and the bogey set on fire went viral on Friday morning. The agitators also vandalized stalls at the railway station and indulged in stone-pelting in some parts of the district.

In a statement, Ballia SP Raj Karan Nayyar said, “In the district, there was information that some students had gathered at the railway station and stadium. Senior police officers and magistrates started a conversation with them. The students were dispersed from there. While being dispersed from the railway station, they tried to break the windows of an empty train standing in the washing area. They also tried to set afire the bogey of a train stationed in an isolated area. The fire is being doused. All have been dispersed from the spot, and patrolling is underway and further action is being taken.”

Protests also erupted in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr and Agra and some other districts on Thursday against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme. In Bulandshahr, protesters blocked the busy GT Road and raised slogans. In Agra, protesters blocked a highway.

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