21 held for vandalising rly property in anti-CAA stir; damages to be recovered: RPF

Uluberia: Vandalised railway station property lies on the tracks after it was ransacked by protestors agitating against NRC and CAB issue at Uluberia Station in Howrah district of West Bengal, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (PTI Photo)

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 anti-CAA protests in West Bengal, Assam and Bihar, a senior RPF official told 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 protestors burnt buses, laid siege on tracks and even burnt train coaches.

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 tracked 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.

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