Agnipath Protest: Youth opposing the Agnipath scheme targeted trains in Bihar on Friday. The heat of protest reached Telangana including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar. A youth was killed in the violence that erupted during this protest. In Indore, the protesters created a ruckus after reaching the railway station.
In Haryana, the police had to lathi-charge the protesters. Internet was also turned off here. In UP’s Varanasi, stones were pelted on buses, while in Rajasthan there is news of firing on protesters. In Jharkhand too, the youth created a ruckus. In the midst of violent agitation, the internet was banned in 12 states of Bihar.
Internet has also been suspended for 24 hours in Mahendragarh district of Haryana. On the other hand, agencies have alerted the states. Meanwhile, politics also started regarding the new scheme of army recruitment. Former national vice president of Congress Rahul Gandhi raised questions about Agneepath, agriculture law and demonetisation. Let us know through 10 key points, what happened in protest against Agnipath across the country-
19-year-old youth dies in Telangana
There have been violent agitations in many states like Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh regarding the new scheme of army recruitment. A 19-year-old man from Warangal in Telangana’s Secunderabad was killed and more than 15 were injured.
Violence spread in 13 states
The fire of protest against the Agneepath scheme has spread to 13 states. So far, the police have arrested 172 people in the case. The protesters are being identified on the basis of CCTV footage and media footage. Has started taking a tough stand against those who commit violence and arson.
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi attacked
Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi’s house was attacked in Bettiah in West Champaran district in protest against the new recruitment scheme in Bihar. This kind of violence is very dangerous for the society. The protesters should remember that this is a loss to the society,’ Ms. Devi, who is currently in Patna, told NDTV. Bihar has suffered the brunt of the violence that started on Wednesday. Internet has been stopped in 12 districts of Bihar. The government said that misuse of social networking sites is likely to be detrimental to the interests of peace in these 12 districts.
Fire in train, government buses and BJP leader’s car
In Uttar Pradesh, a mob entered a railway station in Ballia this morning and set a train compartment on fire, and also damaged railway station property before police used force to disperse them. Protests were also held in Varanasi, Firozabad and Amethi, causing damage to government buses and other symbols of public property. A local BJP leader’s car was torched in Aligarh.
12 trains set on fire
According to the railways, at least 12 trains have been torched and over 300 others affected since the protests began on Wednesday – 214 were cancelled, 11 were diverted and 90 did not reach their destinations. .
Railway Minister appeals to the youth
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said, ‘I appeal to the youth not to indulge in violent protests and damage railway property. Railways is the property of the country.
Age limit extended for Agnipath recruitment
After the protest the age limit for Agnipath Recruitment has now been increased from 21 to 23. The government has also given a 10-point defense to the scheme and assured the recruits that they will not find themselves in trouble after completing their four years in the army.
Youth are angry with Agnipath scheme
The protesters are angry about the new scheme of army recruitment. They particularly object to the length of service and the non-availability of pension provision. However, the central government has now increased the age limit.
Politics started regarding army recruitment
Politics has also started in the midst of heavy opposition to the army’s new recruitment scheme Agneepath. The opposition has also intensified its attack on the government. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to test the patience of youth to walk on the path of fire. Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has termed the move as reckless and potentially fatal for the future of the country.
Agnipath scheme was announced on Tuesday
The central government announced the Agnipath scheme on Tuesday. The government called it a transformational plan and said it was being launched with short-term contracts of roughly four years, to recruit soldiers into the Army, Navy and Air Force.