- The police believe that students were provoked through WhatsApp groups
- The Agnipath protests continued for five days from 16 to 20 June with widespread violence in Bihar.
- Several trains caught fire across the state.
Following mass violence in the Betiya district of Bihar during the Agnipath protest, a police investigation revealed that the district’s students were instigated through a Whatsapp group from the state capital Patna. “The violence in Bettia was well planned and the students were allegedly instigated through a Whatsapp group from Patna. On June 17, several provocative messages were uploaded to a Whatsapp group called “Future Fauji,” said a police officer in the western Champaran district. According to the contents of the reports, members of the group spent 108 rupees to buy gasoline and set fire to government property and the property of BJP leaders. “The campaign will succeed only when we set fire to the property of the government and the leaders of the BJP,” the content of the conversation said.
On June 17, large-scale violence occurred in several districts of Bihar, including in Bettia, where protesters set fire to the property of BJP state president Sanjay Jaiswal, Deputy Chief Minister Renu Devi and Lauria BJP MLA Vinay Bihari. The protesters also damaged property of BJP MLA, Aruna Devi in Navada and CN Singh in Chapra.
The Agnipath protests lasted five days from 16 to 20 June and were accompanied by mass violence in Bihar. Several trains were set on fire in various areas, including Patna, Jehanabad, Bhojpur, West Champaran, Buxar, Rohtas, Kaimur, Nawada, Madhepur, Muzaffarpur, Supaul and other areas. “Rumors have been spread in Bihar through Whatsapp groups. The investigation is currently ongoing as several names have surfaced. We arrested some of the defendants and also identified many others who were involved in the arson. The raids continue,” Upendra Nath Verma said. , Superintendent of Police, West Champaran.