Agnipath Protest Live News, Agneepath Scheme Protests Latest Updates: Bihar took the centerstage as violent protests against the Centre’s Agnipath recruitment scheme intensified on Friday with agitators burning over a dozen trains, vandalising public vehicles and blocking roads and highways. On Thursday, protesters set trains on fire, attacked public and police vehicles as they demanded rollback of the new recruitment scheme for the defence forces. As the violence spiralled, the government raised the upper age limit to 23 years from 21 years for recruitment under the scheme for the year 2022, without making a reference to the turmoil.
From Bihar’s Ara to Haryana’s Palwal, from Agra in Uttar Pradesh to Gwalior and Indore in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, hundreds of young aspirants for jobs in the armed forces took to streets, pouring their anger on public and private property. Bihar bore the brunt of the violence with trains set ablaze, window panes of buses smashed and passersby, including a ruling BJP MLA, pelted with stones on Thursday, the second day of the protest against the scheme which envisages a short four-year term for soldiers in the three armed forces entailing no gratuity or pension upon retirement.
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“Army will start training recruits under Agnipath scheme by December,” Officials were quoted as saying news agency PTI. Selection process by Air Force under Agnipath scheme will start from June 24, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari told PTI.
In Bharatpur, hundreds of youths blocked the Agra-Bandikui railway track. Wearing masks, some of them pelted stones at police personnel due to which police resorted to firing tear gas shells to disperse the mob. “Stones were pelted at policemen. One policeman was injured. We had to fire tear gas shells to disperse the mob. Situation is now under control,” Bharatpur Superintendent of Police Shyam Singh said. (PTI)
Protests against the Centre's Agnipath scheme for recruitment in defence services continued across Rajasthan on Friday with protesters holding demonstrations, taking out rallies, blocking railway tracks and damaging public property. (PTI)
Haryana govt orders suspension of mobile internet services, all SMS services in view of potential law and order situation in the wake of new army recruitment policy. Order shall be in force for next 24 hours with immediate effect i.e. till 16:30 hours (tomorrow) pic.twitter.com/eoMsa9HQgx— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
Once 4 yrs are over, 'Agniveers' will be having a 12 lakh economic package to start afresh. Priority will be given to them for loans, educational courses, CAPF…Opposition is misleading students & their goons are destroying public property: Bihar Deputy CM Renu Devi pic.twitter.com/ehFjqCpAoX— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
We can't keep soldiers on rent. How can we make them ex-soldiers merely at age of 21? They protect country in harsh conditions.Politicians never retire it's only soldiers,public who retire…We don't need military on rent.Agnipath scheme must be taken back:Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann pic.twitter.com/Gqn0lpyMtg— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
Hyderabad, Telangana | 1 dead among 13 people who were brought to the hospital. Among the injured, 1 person in critical condition, he received a chest injury. We are examining the remaining: Raja Rao, Superintendent, Gandhi Hospital, on protest over the Agnnipath scheme pic.twitter.com/jYLyqYmTY7— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
“They would have learnt to operate a gun. Where are you taking the society? Your intentions don't seem pure. If you leave the people in society in the middle, they would form gangs and they might get involved in criminal activities,” Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel told reporters
Holding protest demonstrations is a right in a democracy but resorting to arson and violence will not be tolerated. Those found involved in violence will not be spared: Haryana minister Anil Vij on 'Agnipath' protests pic.twitter.com/5RyafTODEK— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
Why are you not conducting permanent recruitment? You didn't recruit for 2 yrs. When a young man would return to his him home after 4 yrs, unemployed, will you induct such large number of people into Police force? What will become of those who don't get inducted?: Chhattisgarh CM pic.twitter.com/XwCnx72VTz— ANI MP/CG/Rajasthan (@ANI_MP_CG_RJ) June 17, 2022
#WATCH | Bihar: A school bus, with children on board, got stuck in the road blockade by agitators in Darbhanga. The bus later managed to get out of the blockade with Police intervention.— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
The agitators were protesting against the #AgnipathRecruitmentScheme pic.twitter.com/E8lFLk9leD
Amid widespread protests against the Agnipath scheme which have largely affected train services with protesters blocking tracks and setting fire to railway coaches, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw appealed to the youth to not indulge in violent protests and refrain from damaging Railways property.
Protesting students have called for 'Bharat Bandh' in protest against the Centre's Agnipath recruitment scheme. RJD in Bihar has extended its support to the bandh call.
One person died and three received injuries after railway police open fire at ‘Agnipath’ protesters at Secunderabad Railway Station on Friday. The deceased is identified as one Damodar from Warangal district.
The Government has announced a one-time upper age limit relaxation for the recruitment process through Agnipath scheme for 2022 to 23 years. The relaxation of age indicates that the Government cares for our youth. Department of Military Affairs, MoD and Services are committed to commence the recruitment process at the earliest, we invite youth of our country to join Indian Armed Forces and serve the Nation through Agnipath: Rajnath Singh
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No change is being done to the Army’s regimental system under the ‘Agnipath’ scheme and the numbers of personnel to be recruited in the first year of its roll out would only make up three per cent of the armed forces, government sources said on Thursday amid wide-spread protest against the new model in several parts of the country. Read More
The scheme once put in motion is going to lower the age profile of the Indian Armed Forces and to contain the ballooning pension bill, as a major chunk of the budget was going into salaries and pensions and the long-awaited modernisation projects of the armed forces were getting delayed. Read More
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In Varanasi, two roadways buses were vandalized by youths protesting against the Agnipath scheme, reports The Indian Express. A police officer said that the youths were spoken to and dispersed. “Situation is now under control. We are doing patrolling,” the officer said.
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The Trinamool Congress on Friday criticised the Centre’s Agnipath recruitment scheme, calling it “anti-national” and demanding that it be withdrawn immediately. The ruling party in West Bengal also charged that this was done by the BJP to “win the 2024 Lok Sabha elections”. Read More
Agra-Lucknow Expressway blocked by protesters: TV reports
A total of 200 train services have been affected due to the ongoing agitation; 35 train services stand cancelled while 13 have been short terminated, throughout the country.
Agnipath protesters set train on fire in Secunderabad, one injured in police firing.
#AgnipathScheme | The decision of the Government has been received to grant a one-time waiver, increasing the entry age of recruitment to 23 years, for the recruitment cycle of 2022: Army chief General Manoj Pande (1/3)— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
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Agitators attacked the house of state BJP chief and West Champaran MP Dr Sanjay Jaiswal by firing in the air. Jaiswal is inside his house and safe under police cover, the police told The Indian Express.
#WATCH | Bihar: The residence of Deputy CM Renu Devi, in Bettiah, attacked by agitators during their protest against #AgnipathScheme— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
Her son tells ANI, "Our residence in Bettiah was attacked. We suffered a lot of damage. She (Renu Devi) is in Patna." pic.twitter.com/Ow5vhQI5NQ
In view of the Agnipath protests in the country, the railway stations have been put on alert in Uttar Pradesh. The leaves of GRP personnel have been cancelled till June 23.
The house of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi was attacked in Bettiah in Bihar's West Champaran district today. Renu Devi is currently in Patna.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not understand what the people of the country want as he cannot hear anything except the voice of his “friends”.
He said this a day after the government raised the upper age limit to 23 years from 21 years for recruitment under 'Agnipath', amid protests by youth in several parts of the country against the scheme.
Gandhi also cited schemes such as GST, noteban, farm laws and now Agnipath, saying they were projected to be for the welfare of the people but were rejected by the citizens.
“Agnipath – youth rejected. Farm laws – farmers rejected. Noteban – economists rejected. GST – traders rejected.
“The prime minister does not understand what the people of the country want, as he cannot hear anything except the voice of his 'friends',” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. PTI
#WATCH| #Agnipath:After gatherings at Ballia RS& stadium, sr police officers&DM talked to &dispersed students. After which,some students attempted to break window pane&set fire to an empty isolated train. Attempts of dousing underway;patrolling at diff areas underway:SP RK Nayyar pic.twitter.com/37t62q8UfV— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) June 17, 2022
As the protest continues to intensify, the authorities have launched helpline numbers for different Railway stations. People can contact authorities at Khargariya by dialing 8252912031, for Hajipur the official helpline is 8252912078, and for Barauni it is 8252912043.
Aspirants on Friday morning torched six compartments of a train at Moihuddin Nagar in Samastipur, and two coaches of another train at Lakhisarai station.
In both the incidents, no one was hurt as the protesters emptied the coaches before setting them ablaze. However, over half-a-dozen trains are delayed on the Patna-Howrah and Patna-Bhagalpur routes.
Bihar: Agitating against #AgnipathRecruitmentScheme, protesters set a train ablaze at Luckeesarai Junction.— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
"They were stopping me from shooting a video & even snatched away my phone. 4-5 compartments affected. Passengers alighted & managed to proceed on their own," Police say. pic.twitter.com/bcxUchBpXy
UP: Crowd gathered at Ballia Railway Station in protest against #AgnipathScheme— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) June 17, 2022
Forces have been deployed at station since morning. A few hooligans reached there but they were stopped from damaging much; they attempted stone-pelting. Action being taken: Ballia DM Saumya Agarwal pic.twitter.com/lSmW74l6tk
A mob vandalised a train in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district this morning. The mob also damaged railway station property, before the police used force to disperse them.
CPI Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to reconsider the recently announced #AgnipathRecruitmentScheme for induction into the Armed forces pic.twitter.com/oVuLVZp6UX— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022