Patna: Centre’s Agnipath army recruitment scheme has intensified violence in several states. Youngsters who want to join the army have come out on the road to protest against the government’s new scheme of appointment.
Amid violence, the situation in Bihar has been getting tense as protesters torched a second BJP office in Madhepura. Another BJP office was set on fire in Nawada district on Thursday.
Violent protests in Bihar and other states have disrupted rail and road service vehicles, which have been vandalised at numerous places, disturbing the traffic. Several trains have been set ablaze in Bihar. One person died in Telangana. Later in the day, the government addressed the concerns of the defence job seekers and clarified that the future of the recruits was stable and that the intake would go up in the future.
Seeing the violence, the government has increased the entry age from 21 to 23 years for the Agnipath scheme in 2022. Agitated students believed that their future would be bleak after four years. As per the scheme, only 25 per cent of the Agniveers would be absorbed and the rest would be relieved without benefits. The protests have reached their third day.
Police arrested 16 protesters for vandalism, looting and arson at Ara railway station in Bihar and booked 650 unidentified people.
Several trains have been cancelled. Passengers have to run from pillar to post to get their trains.