On 16 June 2022, violent protests broke out in the state of Bihar in response to the government’s announcement of the Agnipath scheme — a short-term military recruitment plan that involves the induction of at least 46,000 soldiers in the 17-21 age group for terms of no more than four years with no pension benefits following retirement. In the town of Chhapra, located approximately 45 km (30 mi) west of the state capital Patna, a passenger train was set on fire. Meanwhile in the Arrah district, demonstrators set up roadblocks near a railway station and threw rocks at police officers in the area. Security personnel fired tear gas at the protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowd. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests. Demonstrations against the government’s recruitment policy also occurred in other locations throughout Bihar, including in the districts of Aurangabad, Arwal, Bhagalpur, Buxar, Gaya, Jehanabad, Munger, Nawada, Saharsa and Siwan. In addition, associated protests occurred in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.