As protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme continued in Uttar Pradesh for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday, with reports of violence from eastern districts of Chandauli and Deoria, police on Sunday said that they have so far arrested 387 people and registered 34 FIRs in connection with the violent protests that broke out on Friday.
In a statement issued on Sunday evening, UP Police said that out of the 387 arrested people, 145 were booked under Section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) of the CrPC. Others arrested have been booked under various IPC sections, including rioting and damage to public property.
In Chandauli, some youths torched a private vehicle during a protest on Sunday before they were dispersed by the police. A senior police official said that three persons were taken into custody in connection with Sunday’s incident that took place under the jurisdiction of Chandauli’s Alinagar police station.
“The protesters indulged in stone-pelting for a few minutes, but the situation was brought under control.” said a police official.
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In Deoria’s Barhaj area, some youths gathered and pelted the police with stones and bricks.
“All the sensitive places were identified and a heavy force was deployed. These students communicated through a WhatsApp group and gathered at the bypass in Barhaj and started throwing stones and raising slogans against the Agnipath scheme. Then, they headed to a petrol pump and indulged in vandalism there. We will lodge an FIR based on a complaint from the petrol pump owner,” said Barhaj SHO Jai Shankar Mishra.
Another police official said, “The youths also apparently stole money from the salesmen at the petrol pump and set on fire two vehicles there. Ten people have been taken into custody and are being questioned.”
Saharanpur police on Sunday arrested five “fake Army aspirants” for allegedly planning violence and protests at the railway station in the district. The five were identified as Munnu, alias Mainpal (23), Arjun (19), Deepak (19), Shubham Kumar (24) and Deepak (19).
In a statement, Saharanpur SSP Akash Tomar said, “We have arrested five fake Army aspirants from under the jurisdiction of the Rampur Maniharan police station. Of the five, two are office-bearers of political parties, and the others are members. They were instigating genuine Army aspirants to protest. One of them is the district chief for the youth wing of a party, and another has been zila panchayat member from another party. They are being sent to jail and we are ensuring action against those instigating Army aspirants.”
Ballia police had on Saturday night said that they had so far arrested 124 people in connection with the violence and arson at the Ballia railway station on Friday morning during a protest against the Agnipath scheme. A coach of a parked train was set on fire on Friday by youths there.
Ballia SP Raj Karan Nayyar said the accused have been booked for rioting, endangering life or personal safety of others etc and were sent to jail. “They were booked by the GRP ,” said Nayyar.
Nine directors of Aligarh coaching centres held
Lucknow: The Aligarh police has arrested nine directors of army coaching institutes for allegedly instigating youth to protest against the Agnipath scheme.
Aligarh had witnessed violent protests on Friday against the recruitment scheme. Protesters had blocked a highway and torched vehicles.
“The role of the coaching institute directors came to light during questioning of other accused. We have arrested nine directors of coaching institutes,” SSP (Aligarh) Kalanidhi Naithani. They have been booked under various IPC sections, including damage to public property.
According to Circle Officer (Khair) Rakesh Kumar Shisodiya, the coaching centre directors allegedly told aspirants through social media to reach the protest site on June 17. So far, police have arrested over 90 people with 40 booked for breach of peace. ENS