Agnipath stir: Section 144 imposed, coaching centres shut in 2 Haryana districts

Jagjar District Collector Captain Shakti Singh has ordered the closure of all private coaching centers and academies till next order and has imposed section 144 in the district.

Sunil Rahr Report | Written by Aryan Prakash

The Haryana government on Monday ordered the closure of all private coaching institutions in Mahendrahar and Jhajjar districts amid protests against the Agnipath recruitment project. The Deputy Commissioner of Jhajjar, Captain Shakti Singh, has ordered the closure of all private coaching centers and academies till further orders and has imposed Section 144 in the district.

On Friday, there were violent protests against the Agnipath project in many parts of Haryana. Protesters blocked Rohtak-Panipat highway in Sonipat and protested in Kaithal, Fatehabad and Jind. Mahendergarh has witnessed fierce protests against the Defense Recruitment Scheme over the past few days. On Saturday, some youths in Mahendergarh set fire to a pickup van and engaged in vandalism, a police official said.

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The railway engineer of his residential quarters, which is adjacent to the Mahendergarh railway station, claimed that some protesters had forcibly entered his building and damaged the office and generator set.

Officials said the showroom’s glass windows were smashed by protesters and some vehicles were damaged. Haryana Home Minister Anil Wijs on Friday warned of action against those involved in the violence and damaging public property.

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The Center has already made it clear that the Agnipath project will not be withdrawn. “This is the only progressive step to make the armed forces youth. This is the question of protecting the country,” said Lt. Gen. Anil Puri, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs.

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