Ahead of the decision for a country-wide strike against the Agnipath military recruitment scheme so as to leave 75% of recruited soldiers without a clear direction to employment 4 years after having been hired, the authorities have banned 35 WhatsApp groups that had been allegedly spreading fake news.
The authorities have not launched information about those groups or if any action has been initiated against their administrators. In parts of the country, police and security forces have been deployed in big numbers ahead of the Bharat Bandh call given by numerous organisations.
On June 17, the organisations had given the authorities a 72-hour ultimatum, promising a country-wide strike if the scheme isn’t rolled back.
Among people who had issued the ultimatum, as per Economic Times, are
- Raju Yadav, the convener of Army Recruitment personnel Morcha;
- Manoj Manjil, Left party MLA from the Agiyaon Assembly constituency and
- countrywide president of INAUS, Sandeep Saurav,
- MLA of Paliganj and secretary of AISA Bihar unit;
- Ajit Kushwaha, MLA of Dumraon;
- Aftab Alam, Vikas Yadav and lots of others associated with AISA (All India Students Association) and INAUS have given the ultimatum to the Central authorities to withdraw the Agnipath scheme.
In Noida, Gautam Buddh Nagar has imposed section one hundred forty-four of the Criminal Procedure Code. So far, 225 people were booked and 15 arrested in reference to the violent protest on the Jewar toll plaza at the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida on Friday.
Trains had been cancelled at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, the news organisation ANI has reported. The Delhi-Gurugram Expressway has seen huge disruptions, NDTV has reported. Kerala police have stated its complete force will be on duty to arrest all those carrying out violence or destruction of public property for the duration of the Bharat Bandh.
The state police chief (SPC) Anil Kant issued guidelines to the employees to prevent violence towards the general public as well as forced closure of businesses, a release issued by the State Police Media Centre stated. Protests against the scheme throughout the country have caused the mass destruction of trains, automobiles and other public and private assets.
Ruling out the rollback of the debatable scheme in spite of the large protests, the 3 offerings of the military on Sunday, June 19, introduced that candidates for the new recruitment scheme will have to pledge that they did not take part in any arson or agitation.
The Gautam Buddh Nagar Police has imposed CrPC Section one hundred forty-four in the district and requested people to not engage in any activity which disrupts law and order.
Jaipur Police has additionally imposed Section one hundred forty-four, banning gatherings of more than 4 people.