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JPSC: Police ‘lathicharge’ on protesting job aspirants

Ranchi: Police resorted to lathicharge on hundreds of agitating aspirants of the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) conducted civil services examination on Tuesday as the protestors threatened to break the barricades and security cordon set up in Morabadi to ghearo JPSC office at Circular road. At least three MLAs of the opposition camp—Naveen Jaiswal and Bhanu Pratap Sahi of BJP and Lambodar Mahto of AJSU-P—were present on the occasion when the incident occurred, said sources.

While the number of persons injured couldn’t be ascertained till the time of filing this report, but police maintained that the lathicharge was of minor in nature to disperse the unruly crowd who attempted to break the barricades.

Since November 1, hundreds of JPSC aspirants have been staging agitation across the state demanding cancellation of JPSC exams held last month citing anomalies in PT results. Last month, Hemant Soren government conducted the pending exams (JPSC 7th to 10) for different posts. However, after the preliminary results (PT results) were out, there were allegedly several anomalies in Sahibganj, Latehar and other districts. Agitators claimed that many with serial numbers from a particular test centre got qualified, which raises question mark on the whole examination process, demanding cancellation of the exercise. Opposition BJP too has been backing the protestors over their demands.

Reacting to the lathicharge, BJP’s spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo dubbed the government as tanashai (autocrat). “The agitators were staging peaceful protest at Gandhi statue in Morabadi but by unleashing lathis on the protestors, Hemant government has revealed its true face,” he said on twitter.

Note: The copy will be updated based on further details.