Protests against the leaked question papers for Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exams took an ugly turn on Saturday, as the protesters clashed with the police who resorted to lathi-charge and detained the protesters.
On 31st March 2018, student and SSC aspirants who had gathered at the Parliament Street were brutally lathi-charged by the Delhi Police. The detained protesters were taken away in more than four buses.
Kawalpreet Kaur, President of All India Students’ Association (DU Unit) said, “Police is saying that there was no lathicharge. Students demanding transparency from the Government are being silenced so that no one asks any question in the future.”
Notably, sources reveal that three of the protesters have fallen sick after police action on Saturday.
While the protesters had congregated at Parliament Street, trouble brewed when they broke through police barricades and tried to march towards Janpath, during their ‘Yuva Halla Bol’ protest. The police halted them at Janpath. Thereafter, a brief clash ensued, with some protesters running away and some charging the police line.
Geeta Kumari, the President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, while addressing the protesters had remarked, “Ye Nahi Kehte Ki Hum Bina Mehnat Ke Naukri Chahte Hain. Hum Bol Rahe Hain Ki Barabri Ka Mauka Toh Do.” (We are not demanding jobs without tests; all we demand is an equal opportunity).
Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGL) is held to recruit staff for posts in ministries and departments of the government. The protests began by the end of February when news spread that the papers for the examination were leaked.
The protests have seen students taking to the streets to oppose such irregularities. The affected student community has asserted that it will not call off the protest until the demands are met. Talking about the commonality of such injustice in India, Sardar Singh, an SSC aspirant from Allahabad, said, “Papers have been leaking from 2013 and it’s only getting worse now.”
Feature Image Credits: Kawalpreet Kaur
Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak