Agnipath Protest Day 3: Ever since the announcement regarding the new recruitment scheme ‘Agnipath’ in the army, protests have been taking place across the country. Fierce protests continue in Bihar, UP for the third day. Hash trains being vandalized at places are being set on fire. The protesters are causing damage to the tracks. Government offices are also being set on fire.
Protestors set fire to the Jammu Tawi-Guwahati Express train in Bihar’s Samastipur in the morning. To control the miscreants, the police are trying their best. Army aspirants are protesting with arson on the railway track of Lakhminia station of Barauni-Katihar rail section.
Vehicles were vandalized and trains torched on Thursday in Bihar and several other states over the Centre’s Agnipath Army recruitment scheme. The government addressed the concerns of the defense job seekers and clarified that the future of the recruits is stable and the recruitment will increase in the future.
The Center had raised the entry age for the Agnipath scheme from 21 to 23 years in 2022. Agitated students had expressed concern over their future after four years as only 25 per cent of Agnipath would be retained and the rest could be given relief without benefit.
Even after the Center clarified myths with facts, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh witnessed fierce protests for the second day. In Bihar, students pelted stones, vandalized vehicles and set trains on fire. After this, the police arrested 16 protesters on charges of vandalism, looting and arson at Ara railway station and registered a case against 650 unidentified people.