Two of a total of six youths who were arrested by government railway police for allegedly causing riots and damaging public property at the station on June 18 during protests against the Agnipath scheme, got more than 70 percent grades in their Class 12 Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) exam according to a recent report by the Government Railways Police.
Harmanpreet Singh and Manpreet Singh from Sarabha village were among those detained by police immediately after the violent protest that broke out at the train station two months ago.
Students from Shaheed Kartar Singh Government Higher Secondary School, Sarabha, Harmanpreet scored 71% of his Class 12 result, while classmate Manpreet scored 74%.
Despite achieving decent results in Class 12, the duos’ dream of serving in the Indian Army has now been shattered after a criminal case was filed against them in relation to their involvement in the July 18 incident.
A senior railway police officer said: “They were both smart students and got good grades. They should not have been part of the crowd that broke inside the station to disturb law and order as it was not the right way to protest against any government policy. Moreover, they haven’t even appeared for an army exam yet. They will not be able to land government jobs in the future, even if they had the ability”.
Both defendants are currently out on bail.
Sukhdev Singh, Harmanpreet’s father, works as a construction supervisor (raj mistri) said: “Harman is not doing anything anymore and is idle. He and other defendants remain busy attending court hearings and have not been admitted to any graduation courses. He wasted his life. »
Harmanpreet, meanwhile, expressed his joy at achieving the 71% result, but also regretted participating in the protest. He said: “I always wanted to join the Indian Army but now I’m not sure about my future. I appeal to the government to forgive me.
Manpreet said he wanted to serve in the Indian army and planned to prepare for physical and written exams after completing his studies, adding: “Since the idea of recruiting for just four years in the army n Wasn’t welcomed by many, we all decided to protest but I didn’t know things were going to get violent there, currently I can’t continue my studies.
On June 18, anti-Agnipath protesters vandalized property at Ludhiana station, following which a total of 30 protesters were arrested by railway police and the police station. Officials said about 25 defendants had already been released on bail as of July 31.