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With the government refusing to back down on the 'Agnipath' military recruitment scheme, some groups have called for a 'Bharat Bandh' on Monday to coincide with the continuing protests calling for the plan to be scrapped.

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Over 500 trains have been cancelled today as a result of the Bharat Bandh call in some regions of the country in protest of the government's 'Agnipath' short-term armed forces recruiting strategy. Over the last five days, the railways have experienced a significant loss of property owing to arson and violence by demonstrators.

As the police have strengthened security across the city and its adjoining districts, traffic bottlenecks have occurred in several parts of Delhi. The Delhi-Noida Direct Flyway and the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway well. The police have warned of strict action against any person trying to disturb the law and order situation.

Congress leaders staged a 'Satyagraha' at Jantar Mantar in the national capital to show support for armed military candidates challenging the 'Agnipath' plan. Some members of the Youth Congress were detained after stopping a train near Connaught Place's Shivaji Bridge railway station.

A group of armed services hopefuls in Haryana blocked the Lal Batti Chowk in Fatehabad, while others protested on Rohtak district roadways. To avoid any untoward incidents, security has been increased in numerous areas in Kerala, Telangana, West Bengal, and Rajasthan. Prohibitory orders have been issued in Faridabad and Noida, prohibiting gatherings of four or more people.

The Uttar Pradesh Police Department has stated that anyone found to be involved in jeopardising the peace will face severe consequences. The police in Punjab have been urged to keep an eye on the actions of social media organisations that are reportedly mobilising or distributing false information about the plan.

The Bihar government has beefed up security at vulnerable party headquarters. Internet access is currently unavailable in 20 districts. All schools in Jharkhand will be closed today due to protests against the 'Agnipath' scheme.

On Sunday, the three military forces released a comprehensive timetable of enrolling under the 'Agnipath' initiative, warning that anyone who engage in violence or arson will not be enrolled.