New Delhi, June 16
The protests gripped several districts of Bihar in opposition with the Centre's newly rolled in Agnipath recruitment policy.
25,000 personnel from Bihar Police have been deployed across several districts to maintain law and order.
The policemen have been deployed at railway stations and other places to ensure protesters do not cause rail and road traffic disruptions, officials added.
The protesters blocked rail and road traffic and also vandalised some shops and private establishments. The protesters have been demanding the reinstatement of the previous recruitment system.
The Bhojpur police resorted to using teargas to disperse students after they torched the engine of a stationary passenger train at the Ara railway station. The protesting students also vandalised chairs at the railway station.
In Chhapra, protesting students also broke the window panes of a cloth showroom in the main market before the police could chase them away.
The government unveiled Agnipath, a “major defence policy reform” for recruitment into the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force on a short-term contractual basis.
The Agnipath scheme is expected to make the permanent force levels leaner in the over 13-lakh strong armed forces.