Agnipath arson: Hyderabad tip-off changed the emphasis

Army recruitment officer sent specific warning to Hyderabad police two days before violence rocked Secunderabad station . Police were waiting for the demonstrators on the stretch, but nothing happened throughout the day .

HYDERABAD (ARO): An Army recruitment officer (ARO) sent a specific warning to Hyderabad police brass two days before violence rocked Secunderabad station, about a protest against the Agnipath scheme by Army job seekers.According to the reports, city police anticipated violence on June 16 and planned a bandobust on the likely rally route.However, Telangana police now believe the information has in fact misguided them.Because the facts were specific, they were waiting for the demonstrators on the stretch, but nothing happened throughout the day.

On June 17, there were just insufficient police forces at Secunderabad train station.The youth, who police stationed and questioned, claimed to be people coming to the city to take an exam late on June 16, when railway police came across some young people and asked them.When ARO issued an alert about a military aspirants protest rally, it stated that there is also a possibility to attack ARO's Secunderabad office at night.They had details about mob gatherings, but they incorrectly identified the time and date.

Police were unsure that a large number of demonstrators had assembled at the Secunderabad train station before the demonstration began.Protesters grew to 3,000 members in a short span of time, creating a riot-like atmosphere by burning trains and railway infrastructure, including four bogies.The demonstrators who came to the train station, police said, were all from the hinterland and none from Hyderabad.They all travelled to Secunderabad railway station in different trains and sparked division.

In the traumatic event, one protester succumbed to a bullet wound, while 13 others and six police officers were wounded.Police arrested 55 demonstrators and detained a coaching center owner, A Subba Rao, and his manager, who police believe are inciting Army job seekers.