Agnipath Scheme Protest: One person died while several were injured as violent protests over the Central government's Agnipath scheme for recruitment in armed forces has now spread in almost 9 states across India, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal. While normal services of over 300 trains have been affected, 12 were torched by protestors. Worse, to curb the violence, internet services across 12 districts of Bihar were suspended till June 19. The agitation continued across Bihar on Friday with agitators disrupting rail and road traffic and setting the Bhagalpur-New Delhi Vikramshila Express and Jammu Tawi-Guwahati Express trains on fire. Several organisations have given a 72-hour ultimatum to the Modi government to withdraw the Agnipath scheme or else they will intensify the agitation and call for Bharat Bandh. Following violent protests in Palwal against the Agnipath scheme, Haryana government has suspended mobile internet and SMS services for 24 hours in Ballabhgarh area of Faridabad district as a precautionary measure.
Agnipath scheme protest reaches Hoshiarpur district
Job aspirants on Friday staged a protest here against the Centre’s “Agnipath” scheme and demanded its rollback. The Centre on Tuesday unveiled the ambitious scheme for recruitment of the youth aged between 17 and a half and 21 in the Army, Navy and the Air Force, largely on a four-year short-term contractual basis.
The youth recruited under the scheme will be known as "Agniveers". After the completion of the four-year tenure, 25 per cent of the recruits from each specific batch will be offered regular service.
Jun 17, 20227:29 PM (IST)Posted by Abhrobanerjee
Internet services suspended in 12 districts of Bihar till June 19
Internet services have been suspended in 12 districts of Bihar till June 19. The districts are Kaymer, Bhojpur, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Buxer, Nawada, West Champaran, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Begusarai, Vaishali and Saran.
Jun 17, 20225:50 PM (IST)Posted by Abhrobanerjee
Air Force selection under Agnipath scheme will start from June 24
Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said Air Force selection under Agnipath scheme will start from June 24. He added that the raising of the upper age limit for induction under Agnipath scheme would permit a larger section of youth to enroll as 'Agniveer'
Secunderabad Railway station vandalised and a train was set ablaze by agitators who are protesting against the new military-recruitment policy.
Jun 17, 20225:37 PM (IST)Posted by Abhrobanerjee
Protests continue against Agnipath scheme in Rajasthan
Protests against the Centre's Agnipath scheme for recruitment in defence services continued across Rajasthan on Friday with protesters holding demonstrations, taking out rallies, blocking railway tracks and damaging public property.
In Bharatpur, hundreds of youths blocked the Agra-Bandikui railway track. Wearing masks, some of them pelted stones at police personnel due to which police resorted to firing tear gas shells to disperse the mob.
Jun 17, 20224:49 PM (IST)Posted by Abhrobanerjee
One dead, 13 injured in Hyderabad protest
One person was dead and thirteen others were injured among the ones brought to the hospital for treatment in Hyderabad. Among the injured, 1 person was also in critical condition since he had received a chest injury. "We are examining the remaining," Raja Rao, Superintendent, Gandhi Hospital, on protest over the Agnipath scheme
Jun 17, 20224:46 PM (IST)Posted by Abhrobanerjee
Request youth to not damage Railway properties, appeals Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw
In a video message, the Union Railway minister requested people to not damage Railway properties. "I appeal to the youth to not indulge in violent protests and not damage the property of the Railways. Railways are the property of the country," said the minister.
Jun 17, 20224:40 PM (IST)Posted by Abhrobanerjee
Soldier's cannot be kept on rent: Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said that the country cannot keep solider's on rent. "How can we make them ex-soldiers merely at age of 21? They protect the country in harsh conditions. Soldiers never retire, it's only the public who retire...We don't need a military on rent. Agnipath scheme must be taken back."
Jun 17, 20223:30 PM (IST)Posted by Abhrobanerjee
A look at the areas affected by protest over Agnipath scheme in Bihar
Jun 17, 20223:25 PM (IST)Posted by Abhrobanerjee
Opposition creating controversy over Agnipath scheme by provoking people: V K Singh
Union minister and former Army chief General V K Singh (retd) on Friday accused the opposition parties of creating a controversy over the Centre's Agnipath scheme for short-term recruitment in the defence forces by "provoking" people. Since the Opposition has nothing else to do, it is stoking controversy over the scheme even before its implementation has started, he alleged.
Speaking to reporters at the Nagpur airport over the violent protests and opposition to the new recruitment scheme, he said, "There is no controversy in the scheme, but a controversy is being created by the opposition, which has nothing else to do. They are being surrounded by the ED..."
(With inputs from PTI)
Jun 17, 20223:23 PM (IST)Posted by Abhrobanerjee
Agnipath blockade: Bus with students on board stuck in Bihar's Darbhanga
A school bus, with children on board, got stuck in the road blockade by agitators in Darbhanga. The bus, however, managed to get out of the blockade after cops came to their rescue.
Jun 17, 20222:34 PM (IST)Posted by Abhinav Ranjan
Ashwini Vaishnaw urges protesters to not damage Railway property
Jun 17, 20222:00 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Training of first Agniveers will begin in Dec 2022, active service to commence in middle of 2023: Army chief
As the Central government is yet to announce the official date of commencement of the Agnipath scheme, Indian Army chief General Manoj Pande on Friday said that the training of first Agniveers will begin in December 2022 and the active service will commence in the middle of 2023.
Jun 17, 20221:59 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
One killed as violence rocks Secunderabad railway station
One person was killed and three others injured in the police firing on youths protesting at the Secunderabad railway station on Friday against the Central government's new military recruitment policy.
Jun 17, 20221:57 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
More protests in Haryana, Jind-Bathinda rly track blocked
More protests broke out in Haryana for the second day on Friday against the Centre's Agnipath scheme, with some youths burning tyres and several others squatting on rail tracks in Narwana and blocking the Jind-Bathinda track, officials said. In Rohtak, the protesting youth burnt tyres, while over 40 youths were rounded up in Ballabgarh for resorting to stone pelting at vehicles on NH 19.
Jun 17, 20221:56 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Railways says 200 train affected so far, 35 cancelled
Over 200 trains have been affected so far due to the protests against the Agnipath scheme for recruitment in the armed forces, the Railways said Friday.
Jun 17, 20221:55 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Decision to relax age limit under Agnipath scheme to benefit candidates: Gadkari
Jun 17, 20221:23 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Cop shot at by protestors in Sasaram
Miscreants opened fire on the police in Sasaram in which a police constable Deepak Kumar Singh was shot in the leg.
Jun 17, 20221:17 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Heavy damage to property reported during violent protests in Danapur
Jun 17, 20221:09 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
All gates of Delhi Gate and Jama Masjid Metro Stations closed due to protest
Jun 17, 202212:49 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Buses vandalised, stones pelted in UP districts
Roadways buses were vandalised in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad on Friday as mobs protesting against the 'Agnipath' scheme went on rampage.
Jun 17, 202212:47 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Police fire in air to disperse agitators
The protest against the Centre's 'Agnipath' scheme relating to recruitment in the armed forces spread to the South on Friday as police fired in the air to disperse protesters who went on the rampage at Secunderabad Railway station.
Jun 17, 202212:42 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Wave of agitations reach Bengal
The wave of agitations against Agnipath, the proposed short- term entry scheme to the armed forces, on Friday reached West Bengal.
Jun 17, 202212:40 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Students protest at Delhi's ITO against Agnipath scheme
Several students along with the members of All India Students' Association (AISA) on Friday staged a protest over the Central government's 'Agnipath' scheme for recruitment in the armed forces and demanded its rollback.
Himachal CM welcomes Agnipath scheme; lashes out at Opposition for 'politicising' it
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday hailed the Centre's decision to approve the 'Agnipath' scheme for the recruitment of youth in the Armed Forces.
Jun 17, 202212:36 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
CPI MP Binoy Viswam writes to PM Modi, urges him to reconsider Agnipath scheme
Communist Party of India (CPI) Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urging him to reconsider the Agnipath recruitment scheme stating that the government has rolled out the scheme to 'bring in temporary soldiers' to our defence forces.
Jun 17, 202212:36 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar hails Agnipath scheme, calls it 'much-required' reform
Amid protests against the Centre's Agnipath scheme, Union Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Friday hailed the Centre's decision to approve the scheme and called it a "much-required" reform in the defence sector.
Jun 17, 202212:35 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Schedule of recruitment process under Agnipath scheme will be announced shortly: Indian Army
The schedule of the recruitment process under the Agnipath scheme will be announced shortly, Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army General Manoj Pande said on Friday.
Jun 17, 202212:11 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Priyanka calls for 'Agnipath' withdrawal, says amendment shows scheme drafted in 'haste'
In a tweet in Hindi, Priyanka Gandhi said "not even 24 hours had passed" that the BJP government had to change the rules of the new army recruitment scheme. This means the scheme is being imposed on the youth in haste, the Congress general secretary said.
Jun 17, 202212:09 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Agitators attck residence of Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal in Bettiah
Residence of Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal, in Bettiah, attacked by agitators protesting against Agnipath Recruitment Scheme. At least one Policeman injured.
Jun 17, 202212:02 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Unidentified agitators indulge in arson at Secunderabad Rly station against 'Agnipath' scheme
The protest against the Centre's 'Agnipath' scheme relating to recruitment in the armed forces spread to the South on Friday when unidentified miscreants went on the rampage at the Secunderabad Railway station here, setting on fire a parcel coach of a passenger train. The agitators shouted slogans against the Centre demanding normal recruitment of army jobs.
Jun 17, 202212:01 PM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Police chases away protesters who were agitating in Narnaul against Agnipath Recruitment Scheme
Jun 17, 202211:40 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
East Central Railway issues helpline numbers amidst protests over Agnipath Scheme
Jun 17, 202211:37 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Rajnath Singh vouches for Agnipath, says 'scheme golden opportunity for youth to join defence system, serve the country'
The prime minister does not understand what the people of the country want, as he cannot hear anything except the voice of his 'friends', Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
Jun 17, 202211:11 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Violent protests continue in Bihar, 2 trains set on fire
Violent protests over the Central government's 'Agnipath' scheme for recruitment in armed forces continued across Bihar on Friday with agitators disrupting rail and road traffic and setting the Bhagalpur-New Delhi Vikramshila Express and Jammu Tawi-Guwahati Express trains on fire.
Jun 17, 202211:08 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Agnipath: Mobile internet, SMS suspended in Faridabad's Ballabgarh as precautionary measure
Following violent protests in Palwal against the Agnipath scheme, the Haryana government has suspended mobile internet and SMS services for 24 hours in the Ballabhgarh area of Faridabad district as a precautionary measure.
Jun 17, 20229:54 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Agitators vandalise Lakhminia Railway Station and block railway tracks
Jun 17, 20229:52 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Mob vandalises train in UP's Ballia during protest over Agnipath scheme
A mob vandalised a train on Friday morning at the Ballia railway station in Uttar Pradesh during a protest against the Centre's Agnipath recruitment scheme. Police forces have been deployed at the station to disperse the crowd.
Jun 17, 20229:48 AM (IST)Posted by Paras Bisht
Protestors set fire to an empty isolated train in Ballia
Jun 17, 20229:10 AM (IST)Posted by Abhinav Ranjan
Passenger train set on fire in Lakhisarai
Jun 17, 20228:59 AM (IST)Posted by Abhinav Ranjan
Agnipath scheme: Age limit increased from 21 to 23
The upper age limit for new recruits for the 'Agnipath scheme' has been extended from 21 to 23 amid countrywide protests, said the Central government on Thursday. In a notification, the government said, "Consequent to the commencement of the AGNIPATH scheme, the entry age for all new recruits in the Armed Forces has been fixed as 17 ½ - 21 years of age." FULL STORY
Jun 17, 20228:58 AM (IST)Posted by Abhinav Ranjan
Stone pelting at Ballia railway station
Jun 17, 20228:58 AM (IST)Posted by Abhinav Ranjan
CPI seeks withdrawal of Agnipath scheme
Jun 17, 20228:57 AM (IST)Posted by Abhinav Ranjan
Protest in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia
In Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district, a mob entered a railway station premises and vandalised a train and damaged railway property. Several parts of Uttar Pradesh are witnessing protests over the new military recruitment policy which was unveiled by the Modi government earlier this week.
Jun 17, 20228:54 AM (IST)Posted by Abhinav Ranjan
Passenger train's coaches set on fire in Samastipur
Two coaches of Jammu Tawi-Guwahati Express train were set on fire by a mob at Mohiuddinagar station in Bihar's Samastipur.