Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, June 17: East Singhbhum administration Friday appealed to the youth of the district to abstain from engaging in violence in order to register their protest against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme.
Deputy Commissioner Vijaya Jadhav and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) M Tamil Vanan spoke to several youths agitating before Jugsalai police station and tried to persuade them to give up agitation and go back to their homes.
The DC, who sat on the stairs of the police station with the SSP, said she was also a student once and that she very well knew what it means to prepare for exams. She said the youths should not only focus on just one area and also appreciated them for possessing patriotic sentiments for the country.
While acknowledging the fact that joblessness gave rise to insecurity in the minds of youngsters, Jadhav said they should employ their wisdom and intellect to choose the right path in life and give up mindless agitation.
The DC and SSP said the Agnipath scheme was launched by the Central government and the district administration had no role to play in taking a policy decision on the issue.
Meanwhile, in view of sporadic incidents of agitation against the Agnipath scheme, Railways stopped Duranto Express at Ghatsila station, Jan Shatabdi Express at Chakulia and Ispat Express at Jhargram for security reasons.
Agitators stopped Tata-Danapur Express in Jugsalai and blocked the railway line for over two hours in Jugsalai.
On getting information about the agitation, SP City K Vijay Shankar, RPF officer in-charge SK Tiwary, Jugsalai SHO Tarun Kumar and Bagbera SHO KK Jha reached the spot and tried to persuade the agitators who were adamant on demanding a rollback of the Central recruitment scheme.
SP City said several outsiders accompanied the agitators, indicating that the protest programme was pre-planned. Such persons would be identified and prosecuted, he said.