Man shot dead at Secondaryabad station wants to join army

Hyderabad: The young man who died in police shooting at the Secunderabad railway station during a protest against the new ‘Agnipath’ armed forces recruitment policy is preparing to join the army.

The son of a farmer, D. Rakesh, 22, is from Dabeerpet village, Warangal district, Telangana.

Rakesh, who is in his final year of graduation at Hanamkonda, was selected for army recruitment six months ago and is preparing for a written exam.

He left behind his parents, a brother, and a sister. Her older sister is said to have worked in the army.

Rakesh was one of the youths who had reached the Secunderabad railway station early Friday from various parts of Telangana to stage a protest against the new scheme, which they believe will crush their hopes of joining the army.

Protesters resorted to violence, setting fire to trains and cargo and vandalizing stations.

The train police opened fire to control the situation. Rakesh, who was hit by a bullet, was transferred to Gandhi Hospital in critical condition. Doctors said they tried CPR but couldn’t bring him back to life.

Rakesh’s death shocked his father Kumaraswamy, a farmer, Poolamma’s mother and other family members. They rushed to Hyderabad.

After an autopsy at Gandhi Hospital, authorities handed the body over to his family members.

Twelve injured people were also hospitalized. Doctors said they were trying to determine if this was a gunshot wound or not.

Except for Jagannath Rangaswamy, who is from Kurnool in neighboring Andhra Pradesh, all the injured were from Telangana.

They have been identified as K. Rakesh (Karimnagar), J. Srikant (Mahabubnagar), G. Parshuram (Kamareddy), A. Kumar (Warangal), P. Mohan (Kamareddy), Narendra Babu (Khammam), L. Vinay ( Mahabubnagar ), Vidya Sagar (Asifabad), Mahesh (Vikarabad), Lakshman Reddy (Nalgonda), and Bharat (Nirmal).

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