Arthi Ya Vardi, Say Youth; Govt “Revises” Upper Age To 23; Sec 144 In Faridabad

| Updated: June 17, 2022 10:59 am

Pic: Police patrol in Palwal, Haryana

In a mode to amend its oversight perhaps, the government, late Thursday evening, issued a press release revising the “exit age” for new recruits in the Armed Forces. The revised guidelines now relaxes the upper age limit to 23 years from the earlier proposed 21.

“Cognizant of the fact that it has not been possible to undertake the recruitment during the last two years, the Government has decided that a one-time waiver shall be granted for the proposed recruitment cycle for 2022,” stipulates the press release.

It adds: “Accordingly, the upper age limit for the recruitment process for Agneepath scheme for 2022 is increased to 23 years.” Meanwhile, section 144 was clamped down in Faridabad late Thursday. The city has witnessed a massive tumult in wake of the Agneepath Scheme.

Agitations were held across Bihar on Thursday

Protesters lay seize to bus stands and roads, crippling traffic on Gurugram-Jaipur highway; internet also suspended in Ballabhgarh sub-division of Faridabad. Thousands of young Armed forces aspirants took to the streets in south Haryana against the recently announced army recruitment overhaul.

While it was a scattered protest with blockage of roads in areas like Gurugram, Rewari, Hodal, Rohtak and Charkhi Dadri, the demonstration turned aggressive in Palwal.

The Palwal DC imposed Section 144 and  issued temporary suspension of mobile internet services, all SMS services and all dongle services etc. provided on mobile networks except the voice calls. Apprehending trouble in view of protests, internet services were also suspended in Ballabhgarh sub-division of Faridabad.

Shouting slogans of arthi ya vardi the protesters, according to the police, “took the entire city to ransom.” They attacked the DC’s office, burnt five police vehicles, damaging many public transport vehicles and injured around 20 cops, administration and media persons. It was only when police used force did they retreat.

Police had to resort to mild cane-charge, aerial firing and teargas to control the situation. While chaos subsided in evening, the local administration went ahead imposing Section 144 in the district. Internet services were also suspended to stop rumors from spreading.

It all started around 10.30 am when Army aspirants gathered to protest near Rest House, Old Court. They were soon joined by other men who went ahead with blocking the highway. When local police tried to stop them, they “reportedly” went on a rampage and attacked the DC’s residence. Stones were allegedly pelted on security staff.

Protests against the newly launched Agneepath, a radical recruitment plan for the Armed forces, turned violent as Army aspirants disrupted rail and road traffic in several parts of Bihar for the second consecutive day, Thursday. An angry rejection has also been registered from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. On Thursday, a train coach was set on fire at Jehnabad district while protestors lay on the tracks.

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