Kolkata: As part of the four-year recruitment process in the Army, the atmosphere has been heating up since Friday morning in protest against the central government's Agneepath scheme. In many districts of Purvanchal, including Varanasi, youth have come out on the road in anger. There have been reports of vandalism, stone-pelting, and arson from many places.
There has been an uproar across the country regarding the Agneepath scheme of the Central Government as part of the four-year recruitment process in the Indian Army. The flame of opposition to the plan reached Purvanchal, including Varanasi, on Friday.
Along with vandalizing the buses parked on the Varanasi Cantt roadways, the protesters also vandalizing the buses going on the way. Buses have stopped operating from Cantt Roadways. Students vandalized the railway station in Ballia. One bogie of the train was set on fire. Demonstrations are being held at many intersections in Jaunpur. The youth have blocked the track near Jakhim station on the PDDU Nagar-Gaya rail route. More than 12 trains are standing everywhere. Utara Express going from Lucknow to Chhapra, has been standing in Rasra since 7 am. Several dozen youths have been detained from Ballia to Banaras. Because of the uproar, many police forces are deployed, and social media is being monitored.
Protests are being held in Varanasi from urban to rural areas against the Agneepath scheme. Outside the Cantt station, the youth broke the glass of the passenger vehicles and started the demonstration. Also demonstrated on the main road in front of English Line, Cantt station. Irate youths demonstrated when they were prevented from entering the Cantt station premises. The youth also pelted stones near the roadways. The windows of many buses were broken by pelting stones. Shops around Cantt station have been closed.