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Agnipath protests: Section 144 in Narnaul, Palwal; Internet suspended in Ballabgarh

By Shefali Kohli -- June 17, 2022 3:47 pm -- Updated:June 17, 2022 3:47 pm

Mahendragarh (Haryana) [India], June 17: The agitation against the Centre's Agnipath scheme continued for the second consecutive day in Haryana. Protests erupted at Hero Honda Chowk in the Narnaul of Haryana's Mahendragarh district on Friday.

Police in Narnaul had to chase away the agitators and detain a few of them.

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The protestors vandalised the police barricades, which had been put on the roads of Narnaul, following which Section 144, restricting the gathering of more than four persons, was clamped in the area.

The state government, on Thursday, put in place the prohibitory orders in Palwal, while internet services were suspended in Faridabad district's Ballabgarh.

"We are trying to pacify them. They are violating Section 144 CrPC that has been imposed here," said Narnaul Deputy Superintendent of Police, Narender Kumar.

Following this, the police personnel had deployed at the DC residence in Palwal resorted to aerial firing to warn protesters who were pelting stones at the residence.

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Several police vehicles were torched, several roadways buses were damaged in stone-pelting and the National Highway 19 was also blocked. The Police had used tear gas shells and fired in the air to control the mob in Palwal.

The violent agitation against the Agnipath scheme is happening in Bihar and Telangana.

Earlier on Friday morning, the protesters allegedly attacked the houses of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi and Bihar BJP president and West Champaran MP Sanjay Jaiswal.

Railway traffic was blocked and train coaches were set ablaze in several states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Telangana.

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Agnipath Scheme was recently launched by the government in an effort to bring a change in the recruitment process of the Armed Forces. With the new military recruitment scheme facing a backlash by Opposition, the Centre has decided to bring a change in the upper age limit for recruiting Agniveers.

-PTC News

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