Thousands of army hopefuls disrupted train and road traffic. Police fired tear gas shells to remove them during violent protests in numerous states across India. Which includes Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Punjab; over the Central government’s Agnipath scheme for armed forces recruitment. The government launched the Agnipath Scheme on June 14 in an effort to modernize the Armed Forces’ recruitment procedure. The Centre has decided to change the upper age limit for recruiting Agniveers. In response to the Opposition’s criticism of the new military recruitment plan. Violence and arson marked the fourth consecutive day of protests against Agnipath.
Police acted tough, arresting altogether 250 people across the state during the day and lodging 25 FIRs.
A state-wide bandh was also called by Army aspirants to press the demand for the rollback of the new system of recruitment in the armed forces. Police acted tough, arresting altogether 250 people across the state during the day and lodging 25 FIRs; according to a statement issued by the force here. The statement also put the total number of arrests since Thursday at 718. More people would be rounded up after they are identified in a thorough examination of CCTV footage and videography done at various places. With the ongoing protests becoming violent, the Rajasthan council of ministers on 18 June passed a resolution demanding the withdrawal of the Centre’s Agnipath scheme. The resolution passed unanimously during a meeting held at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence here, a release said.