Violent protests have erupted in several states in India where the army aspirants are seen protesting against the Agneepath scheme recently introduced by the Central Government. The protesters have burnt trains and buses. After Bihar, Haryana and few other states, it has now spread to Odisha also.
The Union Cabinet on 14 June approved Agneepath scheme under which Army aspirants can be recruited to serve in the Armed Forces for a period of four years. The scheme is called AGNEEPATH and the youth selected under this scheme will be known as Agniveers. However, the Army aspirants are unhappy about the scheme for which they protested against it.
Here are the live updates:
- The Council of Ministers in Rajasthan unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday which said the Agnipath scheme of the Centre for short-term recruitment into the armed forces must be withdrawn keeping in mind the larger public interest and the sentiments of the youth.
- With Bihar passing through four days of massive violence over the Centre’s ‘Agnipath’ defence recruitment scheme, BJP state unit chief Sanjay Jaiswal on Saturday blamed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for “targeting” his party through the youth.
- Protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme for short-term recruitment into the armed forces reached Assam’s Nagaon district on Saturday where a group of students agitated against the Centre’s move.
- After BJP leaders were targeted by agitators in Bihar protesting against the Centre’s ‘Agnipath’ scheme for short-term recruitment into the armed forces, the Union Home Ministry on Saturday decided to provide ‘Y’ category security to 12 saffron party leaders in the state.
- Protests against ‘Agnipath’, the Centre’s ambitious scheme for short-term recruitment into the armed forces, erupted in several parts of Belagavi and Dharwad districts in Karnataka on Saturday, forcing the police to resort to lathi charge to disperse the mob at Dharwad city. Read full story here
- Train services suspended in Bihar from 8 pm today: NDTV in the wake of protest for Agneepath.
- The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decides to reserve 10% vacancies for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles and to give 3 years of age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit for Agniveers. Read full story here
- Training of the first Agniveers, or the people selected under the Agnipath recruitment scheme would begin in December, 2022: Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pande
- Delhi | Buses targeted while attempts were made to vandalize them on Waziarabad road in North-east Delhi’s Khajuri area. Police reached the spot & controlled the situation. Case of riot being filed against miscreants: Delhi Police.<
Delhi | Buses targeted while attempts were made to vandalize them on Waziarabad road in North-east Delhi’s Khajuri area as people protested against #AgnipathScheme. Police reached the spot & controlled the situation. Case of riot being filed against miscreants: Delhi Police
— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
- The protests against the Central government’s Agnipath scheme for the recruitment in the armed forces on Friday erupted in Odisha’s Cuttack city where the agitators blocked roads and had a face-off with the police.
- Training of the first Agniveers, or the people selected under the Agnipath recruitment scheme would begin in December, 2022: Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pande.
- Agnipath protesters block Howrah Bridge, violence in other parts of West Bengal.
- Youths protesting Agnipath scheme pelted stones on the house of Bihar BJP president and Bettiah MP Dr Sanjay Jaiswal at Bettiah town in Patna on Friday.
- East Central Railway issues helpline numbers for the following Railway Stations, amidst the protests over the recently launched.
— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2022
- Telangana: Secunderabad railway station vandalised and train set ablaze by agitators.
- Agitating against Agnipath Scheme, protesters set a train ablaze at Luckeesarai Junction.
- Crowd gathered at Ballia Railway Station in protest against Agneepath
UP: Crowd gathered at Ballia Railway Station in protest against #AgnipathScheme
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
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) June 17, 2022
- Upper-age limit for recruitment under Agnipath scheme for 2022 increased to 23 years: Defence ministry.
- Protest for Agneepath spreads to Haryana. Youths protest in Haryana’s Gurugram, Rewari and Palwal by blocking highways. A police vehicle was damaged in stone pelting in Palwal and the Agra Chowk on NH 19 was blocked.
- “Agneepath Yojana’ will give a new dimension to your life as well as give a golden base to your future. Don’t be deceived. Our ‘Agniveer’, determined to serve Mother Bharati, will be a precious treasure of the nation and @UPGovt will give priority to Agniveers in police and other services, ” tweeted Adityanath in Hindi.
‘अग्निपथ योजना’ आपके जीवन को नए आयाम प्रदान करने के साथ ही भविष्य को स्वर्णिम आधार देगी। आप किसी बहकावे में न आएं।
माँ भारती की सेवा हेतु संकल्पित हमारे ‘अग्निवीर’ राष्ट्र की अमूल्य निधि होंगे व @UPGovt अग्निवीरों को पुलिस व अन्य सेवाओं में वरीयता देगी।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) June 16, 2022
- Protestors agitated at railway stations and blocked movement of trains on Patna-Gaya and Patna-Buxar routes by lying down on the railway tracks in Jehanabad and Buxar districts
- Protests against Central Govt’s ‘Agneepath’ scheme for induction of jawans into the three Defence Forces for a short period of 4 years erupted in Bihar and continued across the State. Army aspirants disrupted railway and road traffic in mainly three districts.