Officials say that “the process of providing security to these leaders has been started.” Safety cover has been provided.
The nationwide protest against the central government’s ‘Agneepath Yojana’ military recruitment scheme continues in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. The protesters mainly consist of youth opposing the government’s four-year plan.
In Bihar’s Samastipur and Lakhisarai districts, a mob torched several coaches of the Jammu Tawi Express train at Mohiuddinnagar station on the Hajipur-Barauni railway line. Violent protests also took place in Muzaffarpur district.
Protesters set fire to Bihar Sampark Kranti Express train in Samastipur. Students protesting against the ‘Agneepath scheme’ also set a train on fire in Lakhisarai, Bihar. The protesting youths blocked the railway track at Behiya and set several coaches of Vikramshila Express on fire. A youth protesting at Dumrao railway station in Buxar district set on fire. They burnt tires on the railway track.
The concerned authorities are taking all possible measures to stop the ongoing protests. As a result, internet services have been suspended in 18 districts of the state as police try to quell public anger on social media. Earlier today, protesters clashed with the police and torched several vehicles in an attempt to enforce the bandh called against the recruitment scheme. So far, at least 325 people are reported to have been arrested. According to media reports, around 60 FIRs have been registered in connection with these protests.
First published:June 18, 2022 at 7:27 pm