Seven more trains cancelled in wake of protests against Agnipath scheme

In addition to the cancellation of more than 700 trains announced earlier, Indian Railways on Monday canceled seven more trains due to ongoing protests against the center’s Agnipath scheme to enlist in the armed forces.

According to the latest announcement by the Southeast Railway, the stops of Ranchi-Sasaram Express (18635), Hatia Gorakhpur Express (15027), Ranchi-Bhagalpur Express (13403) and Hatia-Islampur Express (18624) have been cancelled. The list also includes Tatanagar-Thawe Express (18181), Hatia-Patna Express (18622) and Ranchi-New Delhi Express (12825).

The Director of the Department of Railways (DRM), Ranchi, posted on the official Twitter page in Hindi: “The trains have been canceled due to student protest.”

Violent protests have erupted in several parts of the country since June 15 when the central government first announced the Agnipath scheme as several states have seen train burnings, vandalism of public property and blockage of national highways by agitators.

However, the military leadership made clear on Sunday that the plan would not be undone, even as thousands of aspirants continued to protest and opposition parties asked the government to rethink the new policy. In fact, on Monday afternoon, the Indian Army issued a recruitment notice. Lieutenant General Anil Puri, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs (DMA), said those involved in protests and indulging in arson or vandalism would not be conscripted into the forces. “The army is based on discipline. “There is no place for arson or vandalism,” he said.

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