Agnipath Protest: Rs 700c crores property damaged in Violence, 60 trains burned and vandalised in 4 days- Watch Video

Publish Date: 19 Jun, 2022 |

Hundreds of people protested against the Centre's Agnipath scheme for four-year contractual recruitment in the armed forces across different states. Protests over 'Agnipath' surged across multiple states on Friday, with trains set ablaze, public and police vehicles damaged, and employees hurt.

From Bihar’s Ara to Haryana’s Palwal, from Agra in Uttar Pradesh to Gwalior and Indore in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, hundreds of young aspirants for jobs in the armed forces took to streets, pouring their anger on public and private property. Police fired teargas shells and used baton to break up protests by angry youngsters who blocked railway tracks, threw burning tyres on roads, and performed push-ups and other drills on the streets against the new recruitment policy.

Two trains in Bihar, one in Uttar Pradesh, and one in Telangana were set on fire. In Bihar, where generations of youth train for years to get into the defence forces like in many other places, angry aspirants set fire to bogies of the New Delhi-Bhagalpur Vikramshila Express in Lakhisarai and the New Delhi-Darbhanga Bihar Sampark Kranti Express in Samastipur.

According to railway officials, at least 200 trains were disrupted, with 35 being cancelled and 13 being short-terminated.

As enraged crowds streamed out throughout India, some armed with brickbats and stones, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Army chief Gen Manoj Pande were among those who stepped in to assuage fears.

According to the Army chief, the government's decision to extend the maximum age limit to 23 years from 21 years under the scheme in 2022 will give adolescents who were planning to join the military but couldn't in the previous two years a chance.


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