20 Jul 2022

2 dead, 2642 arrested during protest against Aginapth scheme: Minister briefs Parliament!

During the agitation against the Agnipath scheme, two people died, 35 were injured and 2,642 arrested from the railway premises, the railways informed Parliament on Wednesday.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that separate data on refunds given to passengers due to disruption of rail services due to public order disturbance due to various riots is not maintained.

However, he said that a total compensation of around ₹ 102.96 crore has been provided from June 14 to 22 on account of train cancellations.

The minister said that due to strikes and unrest, the railways suffered a loss of ₹151 crore in 2019–20, ₹904 crore in 2020–21 and ₹62 crore in 2021–22.

"No compensation has been paid to passengers and their families who died/injured during this protest," the reply said.

The number of recorded cases of destruction of railway property in 2019, 2020 and 2021 is 95, 30 and 34, respectively.

The compensation for the damage caused to DrĂ¡h has not yet taken place, the minister stated in the reply.

Bihar and Telangana witnessed maximum destruction of railway property due to law and order situations in the ongoing year.

The Railways' reply said that in view of the Kakodkar High Level Safety Review Committee report, directions have been issued to the zonal railways to apply for compensation in court in cases of disturbance and vandalism suffered during agitations, railway roko and bandhs among others.

Giving zone-wise details of the number of people arrested, dead and injured due to agitations against the Agnipath scheme, the reply said a maximum of 1,051 people were arrested in Southern Railways, followed by 700 arrests in East Central Railways.

According to data collected from all zones, two people also died and 35 were injured.

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