Defense chiefs likely to meet PM Modi today amid arson attack; Farmer Group announces Stir on June 24

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implementation of the scheme. There has been no official word on the meetings between the prime minister and the service chiefs.

Several parts of the country witnessed violent protests after the announcement of the new military recruitment model on June 14. The Agnipath program provides for the recruitment of young people aged 17.5 to 21 for only four years with a provision to retain 25% of them for another 15 years.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) farmers’ collective, which had spearheaded agitation against the Center’s now-removed farm laws, on Monday called Agnipath another ploy to harm farmers and announced a nationwide protest on Monday. June 24 against the Centre’s new military recruitment program. In a statement, the SKM declared its support for the ongoing protests and called on young people to organize peaceful protests against the Agnipath program, which it called anti-military, anti-farmer and anti-national.

Several organizations staged a protest against the Agnipath program in Jantar Mantar on Monday. All member organizations of Sanyukt Rojgaar Andolan Samiti (SARS) including Desh Ki Baat Foundation, Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA), Federation of Students of India (SFI ) and the youth wing of the Aam Aadmi party participated in the “peaceful” protest, SARS said.

“The Modi government’s Agneepath scheme betrays the youth and weakens the military,” he alleged. Protests have erupted in several states since Wednesday against Agnipath’s program to recruit jawans into the Army, Navy and Air Force for a four-year term followed by mandatory retirement mostly without gratuity or pension.

A massive police deployment remained in place across Bihar on Monday due to the ‘Bharat bandh’ against Agnipath’s defense recruitment scheme, although the call for closure received a lukewarm response in the State. Police Additional Director General, Headquarters JS Gangwar said ‘detailed and elaborate security arrangements’ were in place at all vital facilities, including railway premises, and ‘no untoward incidents have occurred. place during the bandh of Bharat”.

According to a statement from PHQ, a total of 922 people were arrested in connection with the large-scale violence and arson attacks across much of the state last week. Gangwar said 183 people were arrested on June 16, the first day of the major unrest and a day later when the violence escalated, the number rose to 306, which “resulted in a substantial drop in the number of incidents on June 18, even though there was a call for Bihar bandh”.

More than 600 trains were canceled on Monday, with operations further disrupted by protests against the Agnipath defense recruitment program. Of the 612 trains affected, 602 trains were canceled, including 223 mail and express trains and 379 passenger trains, the railways said in a statement. Four postal and express trains and six passenger trains were partially cancelled. The worst affected area was the East Central Railway, which is headquartered in Hajipur and includes Sonpur, Samastipur, Danapur, Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Dhanbad divisions.

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