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Train burnt in Bihar: Railway job aspirants' protest turns violent, roads blocked

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PATNA: A train was set afire by irate youth in Gaya district in Bihar, while violence was reported from other parts of the State too, other than Uttar Pradesh. 

The job aspirants who were angry with railways, torched the coaches of a stationary train in Gaya and blocked rail movement.

Yet another train was stoned. The youths were upset with the recruitment process of the RRB and took to streets in different cities. 

The officials have said that cases have been registered for vandalism and the youths involved in the damaging railway property would face action. The protests were reported from Jehanabad, Gaya, Buxar, Patna, Bhagalpur, Sasaram among other districts. Meanwhile, a statewide bandh was called the next day by students. 

In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, videos showing police attacking hostels and youths with batons, were shared online. Action has been taken against policemen for the assault. Several political parties have, however, supported students' demands and said that there is need to be sensitive towards their grievances.

Earlier, RRB warned that students found involved in damaging propery would be barred for railway services. However, after the protests, the Railways ministry has set up a high-power committee to look into the grivances. The aspirants have been given time to submit their concerns. The recommendations will be made by committee, subsequently. [Photo is video grab]