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AAP student wing members detained for staging protest against Agnipath scheme in Guwahati

The Assam police on Tuesday detained several members of the Chhatra Yuva Sangram Samiti, the Aam Aadmi Party's student wing in the state, for staging protests against the Agnipath scheme, demanding its rollback.

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AAP student wing members detained for staging protest against Agnipath scheme in Guwahati
Police detained protesters demanding the rollback of the Agnipath scheme. (Picture credits: PTI)

In Short

  • AAP's student wing in Assam, on Tuesday staged a protest against the Agnipath scheme in Guwahati
  • Several protesters were detained by the police
  • On Monday, 7 SFI members were detained for taking out an anti-Agnipath scheme demonstration in Guwahati

By Pallav Bora: Chhatra Yuva Sangram Samiti, the Aam Aadmi Party's student wing in Assam, on Tuesday staged a protest against the central government's Agnipath scheme demanding its rollback. Holding placards, the students raised slogans against the BJP-led-government.

However, as the students tried to march ahead, the Assam police and paramilitary force removed the protesters from the site and detained them.

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Police on Monday detained seven members of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) for taking out an anti-Agnipath scheme demonstration in Guwahati. The police arrested them when a group of 10-15 members of the students’ body took out a protest rally in the city without having any permission from the district administration. They are currently lodged at the Latasil police station in Guwahati.

AGNIPATH SCHEME PROTEST

As many as 612 trains were affected on Monday as the call for Bharat Bandh by Anti-Agnipath protesters disrupted operations.

Protests erupted across several states in the country after the centre announced its Agnipath scheme for the recruitment of soldiers between 17.5 and 21 years of age across the three services for a four-year period. Recruits under the program, called Agniveers, will get Rs 11.71 lakh as Seva Nidhi Package after their four-year tenure ends.

Those opposed to the scheme are demanding an immediate rollback as they are unhappy with the length of service, no pension provisions for those released early and the 17.5 to 21-year age restriction that makes many of them ineligible.