In view of the Bharatbandh call by some organisations as a protest against the Agnipath scheme, security has been beefed up in several states. Tight security forces are deployed in Bihar, Vijayawada, West Bengal's Howrah and Punjab to tackle any crisis that may arise. Parts of Delhi witnessed traffic jams as several roads were blocked ahead of the Congress' protest against the Agnipath and ongoing Rahul Gandhi's ED grilling.
The Union government on June 14 announced the radical and far-reaching Agnipath scheme, deploying Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the three Service chiefs to deflect criticism that it will undermine the armed forces' professionalism, ethos, and fighting spirit, as well as potentially lead to the militarization of civil society. The process of recruiting 46,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen this year will begin on a "all-India, all-class" basis under the Agnipath scheme, which was authorised by the PM Modi-led Cabinet panel on security.
The government’s new recruitment scheme #Agnipath which led to protests in different parts of the country has spread to Hyderabad now, after Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, with protestors setting at least seven trains on fire at Secunderabad railway station and ransacking the entire railway station premises, on Friday morning.
Trains were set afire, window panes of buses smashed and passersby, including a ruling BJP MLA, pelted with stones on Thursday in Bihar by Army job aspirants whose protest against the Centre's short-term recruitment scheme, ' #Agnipath ', continued for the second consecutive day.