Protest on Agnipath Sceheme: For the third consecutive day, there is a fierce demonstration against the new recruitment scheme ‘Agnipath’ in the army. Miscreants set fire to the Jammu Tawi-Guwahati Express train in Bihar’s Samastipur this morning. Two bogies of the train got burnt. This is the incident of Mohiuddinnagar station of Hajipur-Barauni railway section. Here, in Ballia, youth vandalized and pelted stones against the Agneepath scheme. Because of this, the police had to use sticks.
Protests are being witnessed in Ara and Buxar since morning. In protest against the Agneepath scheme, candidates have demonstrated by burning railway track tires since 5 am at Dumrao railway station in Buxar. Railway police and local police are present there. Here, people created a ruckus at Bihiya railway station in Arrah against the Agneepath scheme. All these are demanding removal of TOD from army restoration. Due to this, the operation of many trains has been stopped at different stations.
RJD targeted the center
Here, the main opposition party of Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal, has targeted the central government after the continuous protests over the Agneepath scheme in the state. RJD tweeted that the recruitment of Agniveer has not even started yet in happiness that Agniveers set fire to the BJP office in Nawada, Bihar. Unfortunate! Even the makers of the “Agneepath” scheme would not have guessed that there is so much fire in the firefighters.
Increased age limit for recruitment between performances
Amid protests in several states at Agneepath, the government on Thursday increased the age of recruitment under this process to 23 years from the earlier announced 21 years for the year 2022. Earlier, the government on Tuesday while announcing the Agneepath scheme had said that the age limit for all new recruits should be between 17 and a half to 21 years. A Defense Ministry spokesperson said, “Keeping in view the fact that recruitment has not been possible during the last two years, the government has decided that one-time relaxation in the age limit for the proposed recruitment process for 2022.” will be given.”
BJP MLA’s house vandalized
Protesters ransacked the house of a central BJP MLA in Chhapra, while another woman MLA was injured in a stone-pelting incident in Nawada where the party office has also been set ablaze. BJP MLA from Warisliganj assembly constituency of Nawada, Aruna Devi was on her way to the district court premises in connection with a case. His car was surrounded by protesters near a railway crossing and pelted stones, causing injuries to him, his driver, two security personnel and several private employees.
Protest from UP to Rajasthan
A government bus was pelted by protesters in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, youths blocked roads in Gorakhpur, Aligarh and Mathura against the plan, and in Ballia, the Freedom Fighter Express had to be stopped. At the same time, in Firozabad and Bulandshahr, youths raised slogans on the road. According to the bulletin issued by the North Eastern Railway, 21 on Gorakhpur-Chhapra, Chhapra-Ballia, Siwan-Thawe, Chhapra-Masrakh-Thawe, Varanasi-Ghazipur and Varanasi-Prayagraj rail sections of Varanasi division due to the sit-in demonstration against the ‘Agneepath scheme’. The operation of trains came to a standstill, which could not start till the time of writing the news.
Army recruitment candidates pelted stones at a government bus in protest against the Agneepath scheme on the outskirts of Agra, although no casualties were reported. Apart from this, demonstrations were also held in different areas of the district. They also blocked the road on the Agra-Jaipur highway and MG Road. In Gorakhpur, students blocked the road on the Gorakhpur-Lucknow National Highway in protest against the Agneepath scheme and raised anti-government slogans and demanded the government to restore the old system of recruitment in the army.
In Haryana’s Palwal too, the demonstration against the ‘Agneepath scheme’ turned violent on Thursday. During this, stones were pelted and vehicles were torched. Police used force to control the situation and the administration has suspended internet service. The police have detained more than 20 people. Protests were also held in Gurugram, Rewari, Charkhi Dadri, Hisar and Rohtak, officials said.