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Agneepath scheme protests: Govt bans 35 WhatsApp groups for spreading fake news

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Sunday, The Centre banned 35 WhatsApp groups for spreading fake news on Agnipath scheme and Agniveers, the ministry of home affairs said. Ten people have also been arrested for disseminating ‘fake news’, and organising protests, sources said.

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The move came amid violent protests against the scheme in different parts of the country since it was announced a few days ago. The Centre has also issued a number 8799711259 for WhatsApp fact-checking, the home ministry said. The central govt has also appealed the people to report any people or group spreading such fake news about the Agnipath scheme.

The government on Tuesday announced the ‘Agnipath’ model of recruitment under which soldiers will be inducted into the three services for four years with a provision of retaining 25 per cent of them for an additional 15 years following a selection process.

On June 17, the Bihar government while suspending internet services in 12 districts till Sunday had said that internet was being used to transmit objectionable content in order to spread rumours with an intent to incite public and cause damage to life and property. According to latest information, 190 protesters have been arrested in Patna, and 11 FIRs have been lodged. Complaints against six coaching institutes have also been filed. Internet services in 20 Bihar districts have been stalled for 24 hours. The Telangana Police too, had earlier arrested the owner of a coaching institute in Narasaraopet, Palnadu district, for allegedly inciting youth to protest the Agnipath scheme.

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