Bharat Bandh Live News Updates, Agneepath Scheme Protests Latest News: Security has been beefed up in several states and prohibitory orders put in place amid the ongoing protests and a call for Bharat Bandh against the Centre’s Agnipath recruitment scheme. Massive traffic snarls were reported in several parts of Delhi-NCR, particularly at Delhi-Gurugram and Delhi-Noida borders amid increased security checks by police. Congress leaders and workers are also protesting in the national capital against the ED action of Rahul Gandhi and the Agnipath scheme.
Nearly 530 trains were cancelled Monday in the wake of the Agnipath protests. The included 348 passenger trains and 181 Mail/Express trains, the Railways Ministry said. As many as four Mail/Express trains and six passenger trains were partially cancelled. The government, on the other hand, has stood firm over the rollout of the scheme for short-term recruitment in the Armed forces. The three services of the military on Sunday came out with a broad schedule of enrolment under the new policy and warned those who indulged in violence and arson will not be inducted.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the BJP-led central government over the ‘Agnipath' scheme, alleging that the saffron camp was trying to create its own “armed” cadre base through the new defence recruitment programme.
Congress workers stop train at Delhi-Shivaji Bridge station. The Congress is protesting against the Agnipath scheme and also the ED action against Rahul Gandhi in National Herald case.
Due to agitation over the Agnipath scheme, 181 Mail Express cancelled and 348 passenger trains cancelled. Partially cancelled are 4 Mail Express and 6 passenger trains. No diverted trains: Ministry of Railways
In a series of tweets on Monday, the Delhi Traffic Police informed commuters about road closures.
Due to special traffic arrangements, inward movement of buses will be restricted in New Delhi beyond Gol Dak Khana Junction, Patel Chowk, Windsor Place, Teen Murti Chowk and Prithviraj Road, it said.
“Kindly avoid Gol Methi junction, Tughlak Road Junction, Claridges Junction, Q-point Junction, Sunehri Masjid Junction, Maulana Azad Road Junction & Man Singh Road Junction between 0800 hrs & 1200 hrs. Due to special arrangements there will be heavy traffic movement on these roads,” it added.
The traffic police also advised commuters to avoid Motilal Nehru Marg, Akbar Road, Janpath and Man Singh Road between 8 am and 12 pm. PTI
The Congress said lakhs of party workers across the country will hold peaceful protests on Monday against the Agnipath scheme and the Central government's “vendetta politics” in targeting Rahul Gandhi.
Schools in Jharkhand will remain shut on Monday in view of the bandh called over the Agnipath recruitment scheme, officials said. The ongoing examinations of classes 9 and 11 have also been postponed, they said.