05 December Monday

Agnipath Protest : Thousands Hit Streets Defying Arrests, Threats

Web Desk(TVM)Updated: Monday Jun 20, 2022

New Delhi : Even as Centre resorts to  brutal force to suppress protests against Agnipath, growing numbers across the country continue to hit streets. It is another story that Centre remains adamant to go ahead with ts radical recruitment plan for Armed Forces despite outrage against its growing each passing hour.

On Sunday, the police severely thrashed SFI and DYFI workers holding agitation in Delhi. Twelve, including All India DYFI President, AA Rahim MP, were hospitalised after being wounded by police action. Congress workers, led by Priyanka Gandhi, too held protest in Delhi.

Hundreds were arrested en masse in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana and Haryana for protesting against Agnipath. Protesters gave call for Bharat Bandh in several states. Train services were disrupted countrywide on Sunday too. Following  protests, the Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh met with Army Chief and later asserted plans to go ahead with implementing Agnipath.

340 protesters were arrested in UP and 620 in Bihar on Sunday.  Railways informed of damages totaling Rs 700 crores in the wake of Agnipath protests. 60 boggies and 11 engines were burnt in Bihar alone. Trains to Bihar were canceled owing to risk of violence. Rail services were affected in several states including Tamil Nadu. Police said protests in several states were backed by exam coaching centres