New Delhi: Opposition to the 'Agneepath Scheme' brought by the Central government grew to such an extent that incidents of arson and vandalism were witnessed everywhere. In this fire of protest, the railways suffered the most. The protesters damaged railway property and torched dozens of trains. On June 18, the railways had said it had lost over Rs 700 crore in the four-day violent protests.
In protest against the Agneepath scheme, the youth have so far burnt the property of the railways, as much as the damage was not done to the railways even in the last one decade. The railways have so far been estimated to have lost 1,000 crore rupees in the Agneepath protests. Whereas, in a decade, property worth 450 crore rupees was damaged. Let us know that whether there is a protest or any agitation in the country, the protesters usually damage the property of the railways. Earlier, in January this year, the candidates had also demonstrated about the result of the RRB-NTPC exam. Even at that time, property worth crores of rupees of railways was damaged.
According to data provided by the Railway Ministry, in 2020-21, railways had suffered a loss of over Rs 467.20 crore due to deteriorating law and order and protests. Of this, over Rs 465 crore was lost in Punjab alone. One of the reasons for this was the farmers' movement. Earlier, in 2019-20, the railways had suffered a loss of over Rs 100 crore. This year, the loss of railway property is estimated to be more than thousand crore rupees. The railways are suffering losses due to the protesters blowing up trains and damaging the tracks, it is also suffering from cancellation of tickets and refunds. According to railway officials, more than 60 crore passenger tickets have been cancelled.