Top news of the day: Protests erupt in several northern States against Agnipath scheme; Supreme Court says demolitions should be in accordance with law, not retaliatory, and more

Smoke billows out from a train set on fire by youngsters during a protest against the ‘Agnipath‘ scheme, at Chapra Railway Station, in Saran district.

Smoke billows out from a train set on fire by youngsters during a protest against the ‘Agnipath‘ scheme, at Chapra Railway Station, in Saran district. | Photo Credit: PTI

Protests erupt in several northern States against Agnipath scheme

Protests erupted in several states against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme for recruitment in armed forces. In Bihar, protesters set afire trains in Kaimur and Chhapra districts, blocked train movements in Siwan, Ara (Bhojpur), Jehanabad, Nawada, Saharsha, Chhapra and other places while road traffic was disrupted at some places.

While protests were largely peaceful in Haryana, protesters blocked traffic at several places including Rewari, Charkhi Dadri and Rohtak.

In Uttar Pradesh, the protests spread to many districts and some protesters pelted stones at a government bus in Agra and demonstrations also took place in Bulandshahr and Ballia.

Amid growing protests, government clarifies on  Agnipath scheme

A note from the government said it was a myth that “21-year-olds are immature and unreliable” and at no point of time will there be more youth than experienced people among the ranks. The numbers of  Agniveers to be recruited in the first year would only make up 3% of the armed forces, the note said, adding that “no change is being done to the regimental system.”

Demolitions should be in accordance with law and not retaliatory, says Supreme Court

Issuing notice to the State and listing the case for hearing next week, the Bench said the question was whether the State had followed due process of law before demolishing the properties in places such as Prayagraj and Kanpur.

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The Order was passed after petitioners in several PILs sought deployment of Army or Central forces, expressing apprehension that incidents of violent protests may occur again.

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