SSC aspirants in Bihar who were protesting against the paper leak of the recently held exam were lathi charged by the police. New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 5, 2023 11:52 ISTThe protesters scattered after the police started lathi charging them (Screengrabs from video)By India Today Web Desk: Bihar Police on Wednesday lathi charged the aspirants of the state Staff Selection Commission (SSC) who were protesting against the paper leak of the graduate level joint preliminary test. A senior police officer told PTI that five agitators were detained and neither any policeman nor any protester was injured in the incident. The protesters were demanding the cancellation of all sittings of the examination after the first one was annulled. The first three rounds of the examination were held on December 23 and 24 last year. The first one was cancelled after reports of the question paper leaking surfaced on social media.ALSO READ | SSC paper leak: Bihar Police arrests mastermind within 24 hours after registering caseThe Special Executive Magistrate of Patna, MS Khan said the protesters “started violence and vandalism and to control it, (lathi-charge) was done”. He added that an FIR will be registered against those who have been arrested. Patna senior superintendent of police, Mananvjit Singh Dhillon told PTI that the police had to intervene and resort to “mild use of force” to disperse the protesters. “It was a huge crowd and they could not be allowed to proceed further. They tried to proceed toward the Bihar Staff Selection Commission’s (BSSC) office. Mild use of force was resorted to as they refused to disperse despite an offer that a five-member delegation can visit the BSSC office along with a magistrate and submit a memorandum,” he said.ALSO READ | Anjali didn’t drink, never heard of Nidhi: Delhi horror victim’s family refutes friend’s claimsLEADERS REACTRJD leader and state Environment Minister Tej Pratap Yadav reacted to the incident and assured the SSC aspirants that they would be employed this year. He said he will talk to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav on the issue, adding that action will be taken against those involved in the paper leak. Senior BJP leader and the Leader of Opposition in the Bihar assembly Vijay Kumar Sinha also reacted to the incident and said it was a “reflection of government’s insensitivity”. He called the lathi charge “barbaric” and said the aspirants were taking out a peaceful protest.

It’s a reflection of govt’s insensitivity. The children were taking out a peaceful procession but a barbaric lathi-charge was done in such cold weather. They (Govt) should have called those students & listened to their demands. Why don’t they get CBI investigation done?:Bihar LoP
— ANI (@ANI) January 4, 2023
BJP leader and former chief minister of the state Tarkishore Prasad also hit out at the government and said, “The government must accept demands of the aspirants and cancel all sittings of the combined graduate-level exams”.Meanwhile, JD(U) president Lalan Singh said this is not the first time a lathi charge has happened. “Yeh to hota rehta hai (This keeps happening)”, said Singh adding that whoever breaks the law will be punished. ALSO READ | Home Minister Amit Shah’s flight makes emergency landing in Guwahati
Edited By: chingkheinganbi mayengbamPublished On: Jan 5, 2023

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