Indian protesters set train on fire and cause damage against new government plan

Yesterday (June 17) angry protesters set trains and vehicles on fire, caused damage and blocked roads in the state of Bihar, Eastern India, to oppose the Agnipath scheme, a new army recruitment plan recently presented by the government. A person died and 13 others were injured during the violent clashes. The new reform introduces the hiring of temporary soldiers that demonstrators believe would constitute a barrier. The plan would make it harder to obtain coveted permanent military jobs. Visuals show the smoke coming out of train coaches, protesters running and the Indian police chasing them with sticks. Footage also features firefighters at the scene of the incident. A person wearing a helmet uses a loudspeaker to ask protesters to leave the station and says that authorities will consider their demands. Protests also broke out in other regions such as the ones of Bhagalpur, Arwal, Buxar, Gaya, Munger, Nawada, Saharsa, Siwan, and Aurangabad.

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