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Agnipath protests: Students in Bihar provoked through Whatsapp groups

There were some provocative messages that were uploaded on a Whatsapp group called "Future Fauji" on June 17," said a police officer of west Champaran district.

IANS Written by: IANS Patna Updated on: June 24, 2022 7:37 IST
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Security personnel stand guard along railway tracks after several trains were cancelled due to protests against the Centres Agnipath scheme, in Patna. 

Highlights

  • Cops believe that the students were provoked through Whatsapp groups
  • Agnipath protests lasted for five days from June 16 to 20 with massive violence in Bihar
  • Several trains were set on fire in various districts of the state

After the massive violence in Bettiah district of Bihar during the Agnipath protest, the police investigation reveals that the students of the district were provoked through a Whatsapp group originating from state capital Patna. "The violence in Bettiah was well planned and the students were allegedly provoked through a Whatsapp group originating from Patna. There were some provocative messages that were uploaded on a Whatsapp group called "Future Fauji" on June 17," said a police officer of west Champaran district. As per the content of the messages, the group members spent Rs 108 to buy petrol and set government properties and the properties of BJP leaders on fire. "The agitation would get successful only when we set the properties of government and BJP leaders on fire," the content of the conversation said. 

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On June 17, large scale of violence occurred in several districts of Bihar, including in Bettiah, where protesters have set the properties of state BJP President Sanjay Jaiswal, Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi and Lauriya BJP MLA Vinay Bihari on fire. The protesters also damaged the properties of BJP MLAs, Aruna Devi in Nawada and C.N. Singh in Chapra.

The Agnipath protests lasted for five days from June 16 to 20 with massive violence in Bihar. Several trains were set on fire in various districts, including Patna, Jehanabad, Bhojpur, west Champaran, Buxar, Rohtas, Kaimur, Nawada, Madhepura, Muzaffarpur, Supaul and other districts. "The rumours were spread in Bihar through Whatsapp groups. The investigation is currently underway as several names have come up. We have arrested some accused and also identified many others who were involved in the arson. The raids are underway," said Upendra Nath Verma, Superintendent of Police, west Champaran.

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