As the country erupted in violent-protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act last month, the Indian Railways has identified 21 miscreants , who have been arrested so far for being involved in vandalism and arson of its property during the protests in West Bengal, Assam and Bihar.
A senior RPF official told news agency PTI, stating that recoveries to the tune of Rs 87.99 crore will now be made from them.
Days after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed by Parliament, protests broke out in many parts of the country with violent clashes between the agitators and police leading to a number of people being detained and arrested. Angry protesters burnt buses, laid siege on tracks and even burnt train coaches, last month.
Officials said till now, the Government Railway Police has registered 27 cases, the Railway Protection Force has filed 54 cases and 21 arrests have been made in connection with arson and violence causing damage to railway property.
“As of now 21 people have been arrested. Some have been arrested on the spot and some have been identified and traced through video footage. The videos are still being scoured for more vandals and the number of those arrested is likely to increase. Most of those arrested are from Bengal.
“Notices will be sent by the commercial department to those arrested in order to make recoveries,” a top official of RPF told PTI.
CAA grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists, and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.
States of West Bengal, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Chhattisgarh have announced that they will not implement either the National Register of Citizens (NRC) or the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Meanwhile, West Bengal and Kerala are the only two states which have stopped the National Population Register (NPR) procedures since they believe it is the first step for the contentious NRC.