Police had to fire tear gas canisters and use water cannons at the agitators, which pelted rocks at the police. At various locations in Nalanda, Nawada, Buxar, Ara, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi and Motihari, agitation became fierce, resulting in the cancellation or diversion of several trains.
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The Ministry of Railways has warned the inciting students about vandalism and damage to railway property. “Videos of such activities will be investigated with the assistance of specialized agencies and candidates/aspirants found to be involved in illegal activities will be held liable for police actions and life imprisonment from obtaining a job with the railways,” the statement said on Tuesday. advised the applicants. /do not mislead candidates or come under the influence of such elements trying to use them to fulfill their own selfish ends.
According to sources, the railways canceled the Gaya-Jamalpur Special (03616) and Gaya-Howrah Express (13024) and diverted several trains from or through the stations under the jurisdiction of the East Central Railway (ECR). “The Durg-Rajendra Nagar Terminal South Bihar Express (13287) will be canceled on Wednesday,” the chief public relations officer of the ECR said.
In Nawada, rioters turned violent and set a rail maintenance engine on fire. As fire engines arrived and tried to put out the blaze, police officers and unruly students fought a battle, throwing rocks at each other. An official claimed the violent mob had damaged railway equipment worth crores of rupees.
Job seekers also blocked the Mehsaul railway crossing in the town of Sitamarhi. A police team, led by SDPO Ramakant Upadyaya, attempted to lift the blockade, resulting in stone chips and commotion. Protesters also caused havoc at the Sitamarhi Junction. Anunay Kashyap, a photographer and a few officers were injured. A few youths and protesters were also detained by the Sitamarhi GRP.
Hundreds of railway job seekers squatted for about two hours on the track near the Biharsharif interchange and pelted rocks on the track, prompting police to resort to a mild lathi charge to clear the tracks. The Rajgir-New Delhi Express and New Delhi-Rajgir Express were stuck at the outer signals for about an hour and a half.
Mukul Pankaj Mani, assistant sub-magistrate of Biharsharif, refuted reports of protesters pelting stones and police using force to clear the tracks: authorities concerned.”
In Motihari, about 200 furious students blocked the tracks at Bapudham Motihari railway station, stopping the Muzaffarpur-Narkatiaganj Express for an hour. Rakesh Tripathi, the station’s superintendent, said the protest disrupted train services on the Muzaffarpur-Narkatiaganj section for an hour. Motihari SDM Suman Saurabh along with the SDPO and the police arrived at the protest site at 5:15 PM and chased the protesters to leave the tracks.
(With input from Kumod Verma in Patna, SB Sinha in Nawada, SK Singh in Sitamarhi, Farrukh Nadim in Biharsharif and CB Pandey in Motihari)