NEW DELHI — As many as 529 trains were cancelled on Monday in the wake of massive pan-India protest against the Centre’s newly introduced defence recruitment scheme Agnipath. Some organisations called for ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Monday amid the ongoing protests demanding a rollback of the plan.
Several has been tightened cross the country including Bihar, Delhi’s Nizamuddin, Punjab’s Bathinda Jalandhar railway station, Haryana Lal Batti Chowk in Fatehabad, Kerala, Telangana, West Bengal Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. on Monday.
Of the 529 trains, 181 were mail/express trains and 348 were passenger trains. Apart from them, the Railways also partially cancelled 4 Mail Express and 6 passenger trains.
The Northern Railways said that 71 Delhi bound commuter trains (including return services) and 18 East bound train services scheduled from different northern railway terminals were cancelled.
The Agnipath scheme, termed as a historic and transformative measure by the government, has met unprecedented levels of agitations and protests in several states across India. The protesters have been targeting the trains and have torched several of them due to which the railways has suffered a major loss of property over the last five days.
Amid the protests across 11 states, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Assam, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab, the Army today issued a notification for the induction of soldiers under the scheme. The online registration begins from July, said the notification. — (With inputs from IANS)