Patna: Students’ organizations in Bihar, led by the All India Students’ Association, have called for a 24-hour Bihar bandh on June 18, demanding an immediate rollback of the Agneepath scheme. The students’ bandh has got support from RJD, while former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said that he will also support the bandh call in the interest of the nation.
Bihar has witnessed large-scale violence and arson in the ongoing protests against the Agneepath scheme. On Friday, the houses of Bihar Vice President Renu Devi and Bihar BJP President and West Champaran MP Sanjay Jaiswal were attacked.
Railway traffic was blocked and train coaches were set aside in Bihar with protests in Muzaffarpur, Begusarai, Buxar in the past few days. On Friday, cash worth ₹3 lakh was looted from a ticket counter at Bihya railway station in Arrah, Bihar amid the ongoing protests.
Amid fierce protests in the state, internet services were suspended in 12 districts. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) made a fresh plea for the Narendra Modi government to review the Agneepath scheme and assures opposing youth that their future will be adversely affected by the new recruitment policy in the armed forces. will not be significantly affected.
Supporting the 24-hour Bihar bandh, state RJD chief Jagdanand Singh said the short-term recruitment scheme is detrimental to the interests of the youth of the country. “We support those who are agitating on the streets to protest against the Agneepath recruitment. The new short-term recruitment scheme in the armed forces is not in the interest of the youth of the country,” he said.
Jitan Ram Manjhi said that his party did not support the violence but would support the Bihar bandh call in the interest of youth.
Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) president Chirag Paswan said he along with party workers will meet Governor Phagu Chauhan on Saturday and submit a memorandum, demanding the withdrawal of the scheme. “Agneepath scheme will increase unemployment in the country. It will create discontent among the youth,” he said.
Train services are likely to take a massive hit on Saturday due to the 24-hour Bihar bandh. Around 320 arrests have been made in the last three days and 60 FIRs have been registered in connection with the violent protests in the state.
first published:June 18, 2022, 8:40 a.m.