At least 250 people have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh over the ‘Agnipath’ protests, in which hordes of angry youths carried bamboo sticks and stones, stormed railway yards through towns and small towns and laid siege to highways.
Meanwhile, protests against ‘Agnipath’ Bihar caught fire on Friday as frenzied crowds set fire to dozens of rail cars, locomotives and stations and set fire to BJP offices, vehicles and other property, prompting police to shut down internet services in nearly a third of the state.
The agitation is spreading to new centers in southern India, with protests from Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and other cities and towns.
As protests against the new military recruiting program spread to eight states, the government today announced a 10 percent reservation for ‘Agniveers’ in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles.
The Interior Ministry also announced a three-year easing of age above the prescribed age limit for Agniveer to recruit into the two paramilitary forces.
The first batch of Agniveer will be given a five-year age easing above the prescribed age limit, it said.