Agnipath events across the country

Violent protests have erupted across the country with demonstrators demanding that the Center cancel the Agnipath scheme launched by the Ministry of Defense – a pan-India merit-based recruitment program for enlisting soldiers, airmen and of sailors. Trains were set on fire, public and police vehicles attacked and staff injured as protests against Agnipath snowballed and swept through several states, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, on Thursday and Friday.

Here is what is happening in different states of the country:


North-East Frontier Railways (NFR) canceled 10 more trains on Saturday due to protests and bandh in Bihar over the ‘Agnipath’ military recruitment scheme and flooding in Assam, an official said. In view of the large scale unrest resulting in damage to railway property including burning of train carriages in areas under East Central Railway, Bihar bandh and damage to railway tracks due to flooding in Lumding and Rangiya divisions of Assam, some trains have been cancelled/diverted/postponed/short-lived/short-lived, NFR public relations manager Sabyasachi De said.

Kerala: Ongoing anti-Agnipath unrest in various parts of the country on Saturday sparked another form of protest in Kerala as hundreds of youths staged huge protest rallies in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode demanding to take the written exam as soon as possible waiting for army recruitment. The young protesters were those who had already passed their physical and medical fitness tests and had been waiting for their Common Entrance Examination (CEE) from the army for two years.

Many of them expressed concern that the implementation of the Agnipath program would spoil their chances of direct recruitment into military service. The job candidates, who gathered in large numbers in Thampanoor here in the morning, marched towards Raj Bhavan, the official residence of Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, waving ‘We want justice’ slogans and waving placards and banners.

Uttar Pradesh: A total of 260 people have been arrested and six FIRs filed till Friday in Uttar Pradesh in connection with violent protests against the Centre’s Agnipath programme. According to information provided by ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar, the FIRs were housed in the districts of Firozabad, Aligarh, Varanasi and Gautam Buddh Nagar (1). Acting on the FIRs, 260 people were arrested by police from five districts. A maximum of 109 arrests were made in Ballia followed by Mathura (70) Aligarh (31) Varanasi (27) and Gautam Budh Nagar (15). According to senior police officials, the number of arrests is expected to increase in the next 24 hours.

West Bengal: Rail services on the Sealdah-Barrackpore road in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal were halted for about an hour on Saturday as a group of anti-Agnipath agitators blocked the tracks and did push-ups in protest against the new system of recruitment into the armed forces. forces. Around 20 protesters blocked the up and down lines at a level crossing from around 10 a.m., also affecting vehicle traffic, an Eastern Railway spokesman said.

Odisha: Protests against the Centre’s ‘Agnipath’ program spread across Odisha on Friday as hundreds of aspiring armed forces recruits blocked the arterial bypass at Cuttack and tore down palisades in the cantonment area of ​​the silver city. Many protesters said they had already passed the physical and medical fitness tests for army recruitment last year and were waiting to take the Common Entrance Examination (CEE).

Hariana: Youths threw rocks at vehicles in Ballabhgarh, squatted on train tracks in Jind and burned tires in Rohtak as protests continued in Haryana for the second day on Friday against the Center’s Agnipath program . Police said they resorted to a light lathi charge and arrested more than 40 youths in Ballabhgarh, where authorities extended the suspension of mobile internet and SMS services for the next 24 hours from 10 p.m. Friday as a precautionary measure . The authorities have also extended the suspension of mobile internet and SMS services except voice calls in Palwal district for the next 24 hours ending Saturday at 8 p.m., while these services will remain suspended in Mahendergarh for the next 24 hours. hours from 4:30 p.m. Friday.

New Delhi: Delhi police have arrested a man for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech and inciting young people to protest against the Agnipath scheme here, officials said on Saturday. Police said Surender Sharma alias Fauji delivered the alleged speech on Friday morning to a gathering of 50 to 60 agitators during the protest near the gate of the MCD office in Baba Haridas Nagar.

Maharashtra: Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) workers staged protests in Nagpur on Saturday against the central government’s Agnipath scheme for short-term recruitment into the armed forces. Claiming that the program would destroy the future of the youth, Youth Congress workers led by their president Kunal Raut protested at Zero Mile in Nagpur.

With PTI inputs


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