Coaching centre owner held for ‘instigating’ army job aspirants for clashes in Telangana

Violent protests in Bihar against GoI’s army recruitment scheme Agnipath. [File Photo]

Telangana: As Indian Army job aspirants continue to protest over Government of India’s recruitment scheme Agnipath, Railway Police on Friday arrested Avula Subba Rao, the owner of a chain of private defence coaching centres in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, for allegedly instigating the army job aspirants for clashes.

After questioning him for the last couple of days, the police took him into custody, news agency IANS reported.

Director of Sai Defence Academy, Rao had retired as a medical assistant in the Indian Army.

Rao and five others working at Sai Defence Academy were taken to Gandhi Hospital for medical checkup. They will be produced before a railway court later.

Rao allegedly instigated army job aspirants trained at his coaching institute and at other private coaching centres to resort to clashed at Secunderabad station on June 17 while protesting against Agnipath, the report said.

A day after the incident, he was detained by police in Andhra Pradesh and was brought to Hyderabad three days ago.

Police suspect that Subba Rao provoked youth to go on rampage as he feared that implementation of Agnipath scheme may lead to closure of his coaching institutes.

He had asked the youth trained at his academy to gather at Secunderabad station to stage a protest on the lines of one witnessed in Bihar on June 16 to draw the attention of GoI, the report mentioned.

Police were probing the role of others working in Sai Defence Academy. Those arrested with Rao include Shiva and Hari.

Hundreds of youths protesting against Agnipath had gone on rampage at Secunderabad station on June 17. They set afire train coaches and locomotives, burnt transport goods, vandalised station and damaged other railway property.

A protester was killed and 13 others injured when Railway Police opened fire to control the situation.

The police have already arrested 55 persons in connection with the clashes. They include army job aspirants trained at Sai Defence Academy.


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