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260 Arrested In Uttar Pradesh For Violence During Protests Over Agnipath

According to senior police officials, the number of arrests is likely to go up in next 24 hours.

Farooq Abdullah’s statement comes ahead of a scheduled meeting of opposition parties in Mumbai. (File Photo)

Lucknow: A total of 260 people were arrested and six FIRs lodged until Friday in Uttar Pradesh in connection with violent protests over the Centre’s Agnipath scheme. According to information provided by ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar, the FIRs were lodged in Firozabad, Aligarh, Varanasi, and Gautam Buddh Nagar (1) districts.

Acting on the FIRs, 260 people were arrested by police from five districts. The maximum 109 arrests were made in Ballia followed by Mathura (70) Aligarh (31) Varanasi (27) and Gautam Budh Nagar (15).

According to senior police officials, the number of arrests is likely to go up in next 24 hours.

Students’ organisations in Bihar, protesting against the centre’s newly introduced ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme for the armed forces, have found support in opposition RJD as they called for a 24-hour state-wide bandh on June 18.

The organisations, led by All India Students’ Association (AISA), have sought immediate rollback of the scheme – under which hiring has been proposed for a four-year-period in the armed forces followed by compulsory retirement for at least 75 per cent of the personnel without any pension benefits.

Announcing the RJD’s support to the bandh call, the president of its Bihar unit, Jagadanand Singh, said the short-term recruitment scheme is detrimental to the interests of the nation’s youth.

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