Bharat Bandh: Various States demand Bharat Bandh to protest against the Agnipath Scheme- Watch Video

Publish Date: 20 Jun, 2022 |

Following protests against the government's new 'Agnipath' military recruitment scheme in more than ten states last week, some groups called for a statewide shutdown on Monday, demanding 'Bharat Bandh.' This comes after the service chiefs ruled out reversing the plan and released the recruitment timeframes the day before. Demonstrators were also issued a warning by a senior army officer.

“The Indian Army's foundation lies in discipline. There's no space for arson or vandalism. Every individual will have to give a certificate they were not part of protests or vandalism. Police verification is mandatory, no one can join without it,” said Lieutenant General Anil Puri on Sunday who is the additional secretary of, the department of military affairs. 

Protests from Across the Nation

  • Under CrPc Section 144, the city of Noida in Uttar Pradesh, which is also adjacent to the national capital, has banned public gatherings. More than 200 people are said to have been arrested amid violent protests on the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida last week.

  • Punjab is also on high alert after violence broke out at the Ludhiana railway station on Saturday. Meanwhile, Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister, has urged the administration to reverse the scheme while also criticising it.

  •  In Haryana's Faridabad, which borders Delhi, cops have warned the demonstrators . 

  • In Jharkhand, schools have been closed in preparation for the shutdown. All schools in Jharkhand will be closed tomorrow, June 20, as a result of the Bharat Bandh called by some organisations.

  • Security forces in various states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, are on high alert as a result of the shutdown order. Massive vandalism was reported around the country last week, with trains being set ablaze and people taking to the streets in protest of defence minister Rajnath Singh's recruiting plan, which was launched on June 14. More than 1,000 people have been detained, the most of whom are from Bihar.


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