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Agnipath Protests Live: Agitation Spreads to 11 States, 200 Trains Cancelled

Amid protests, the government has increased the upper-age limit for recruitment under the Agnipath scheme for 2022.

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Agnipath Protests Live: Agitation Spreads to 11 States, 200 Trains Cancelled
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As protests against the Union Defence Ministry's new Agnipath scheme grip the nation, demonstrations escalated across at least 11 states including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Assam on Friday, 17 June.

The state government of Bihar also stopped internet and telephone mobile services in 12 districts.

One person was killed amid the violence in Telangana's Secunderabad, while several others were reportedly injured.

In Bihar's Sasaram, a policeman was shot at allegedly by protesters while many others vandalised a BJP office. Protesters also attacked the Bettiah residence of Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi.

While trains were set ablaze in Bihar, UP, and Telangana, the police used water cannons to disperse protesters at Delhi's ITO. Some students were also detained in the national capital.

Protests were also reported from Punjab, West Bengal, and Haryana.

Snapshot
  • Army aspirants set fire to trains in several parts of Bihar including Samastipur and Nalanda among others

  • Mobile internet shall remain suspended in Haryana till 4:30 pm on Saturday, 18 June

  • IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari is visiting six forward air bases to explain the details of the scheme to the air warriors

  • Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in Gurugram to restrict gatherings

  • In UP's Aligarh, a car inside a police outpost set on fire by mob agitating against the Agnipath scheme

  • All gates of the ITO and Jama Masjid Metro Stations in Delhi were briefly closed after protests in the area

  • To prevent spread of misinformation, mobile internet services and bulk SMS services have been suspended in Haryana's Mahendragarh for 24 hours

  • Following protests, the Centre on Thursday increased the upper-age limit for recruitment under the Agnipath scheme

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10:57 PM , 17 Jun

5 More Trains Cancelled from West Bengal's Howrah

Five more trains originating from West Bengal's Howrah stand cancelled on 18 June due to protests in the East Central Railway jurisdiction, the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the Eastern Railways said on Friday.

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10:01 PM , 17 Jun

Bihar Student Bodies Call For 24-Hour Bandh in Bihar

Student organisations have called for a 24-hour strike in Bihar on 18 June to protest against the Agnipath scheme.

The organisations, led by the All India Students' Association (AISA), also found support in the Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), The Times of India reported.

8:54 PM , 17 Jun

Sec 144 Imposed in Haryana's Gurugram

Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure was imposed in Haryana's Gurugram amid protests against the Agnipath scheme, The Times of India reported.

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8:36 PM , 17 Jun

Delhi Dy CM Sisodia Slams Agnipath Scheme

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday slammed the Agnipath scheme, saying that the youth of the country will never accept it.

"Protests across the country is proof that youth will never accept the Agnipath defence recruitment scheme," he said.


Published: 17 Jun 2022, 9:54 AM IST
Edited By :Saundarya Talwar
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