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Day 2 of protests against ‘Agnipath’ scheme marked by violence in Bihar


Lucknow: The protests over government’s newly launched ‘Agnipath’ scheme which began on Wednesday continued on Thursday as well.

Violent scenes were witness in Bihar where defence job aspirants protested against the scheme and disrupted traffic movement.

Stone pelting was witnessed in Jehanabad, while Nawada reported burning of tyres at crossroads and blocking of railway track.

Police had to lob tear gas shells at protesters in Arrah.

The protesters rejected the new tour-of-duty scheme that will employ youths in armed forces for four years. Later, 25 per cent of these will be retained, while the remaining will be relieved with an exit package. There will be no pension or gratuity benefits.

The Agnipath scheme is aimed at cutting down the military expenses.

However, those objecting to it have argued that it compromises the dignity of the armed forces. Additionally, the aspirants expressed concern over their future after four years of service.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Wednesday, saying, “When India faces threats on two fronts, the uncalled for Agnipath scheme reduces the operational effectiveness of our armed forces. The BJP govt must stop compromising the dignity, traditions, valour & discipline of our forces.”




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