Delhi, Telangana, AP on alert as protests over GoI’s Agnipath scheme intensify

Violent protests in Bihar against GoI’s Agnipath scheme. [Photo: Twitter]

New Delhi: Several Indian states have been put on high alert on Monday as protests against the government of India’s armed forces recruitment scheme Agnipath have intensified.

Delhi Police received input that protesters from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan have entered New Delhi, reports appearing on various news channels suggest.

Instructions have been issued to make tight deployment of armed forces in Delhi area. All the borders of Delhi are also being monitored.

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) have sounded high alert amid calls for Bharat Bandh, The RPF’s senior officers have issued an internal communication statement asking all units to deal with rioters strictly.

As per reports, various organizations have called for Bharat Bandh today and are scheduled to stage protests against the recruitment scheme at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

The new recruitment policy for the Armed Forces for a period of four years, was announced on June 14, which was followed by protests in states including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand and Assam.

As the agitation intensified in some places, protestors went on the rampage setting trains on fire, torching vehicles and damaging both private and public properties.

Congress will also hold what it termed peaceful protests across the country on Monday against the GoI’s “anti-youth” Agnipath recruitment scheme, reports said.

“Violence that happened at Danapur and Masaurhi railway stations is unfortunate. We’ve registered 12 FIRs and arrested 190 people. We’re identifying people on the basis of video footage. Involvement of 6 coaching institutes was found. We’ll take strict action,” the Patna District Magistrate, Dr Chandrashekhar Singh said.

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, police and railway authorities remain on high alert. Forces personnel have been deployed all major railway stations, offices of GoI and Army recruitment authorities in both the Telugu states to prevent any protest by the army job aspirants.

Railway police were keeping a tight vigil at all the major railway stations in the wake of June 17 violence at Secunderabad railway station.

Additional forces were deployed around the stations to prevent any attempt to stage a protest. The army personnel were checking vehicles and tickets of passengers to ensure that the protestors did not enter the stations.

There was high security at Secunderabad, Nampally, Kachegua stations in Hyderabad, Kazipet, Jangaon, Vijayawada, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and other major stations.


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