Railway jobs protest: Patna’s Khan Sir booked for inciting violence. Who is he?
The Bihar police registered an FIR against YouTuber Khan Sir and others in Patna in connection with violent protests over results in the railway recruitment exams. Khan Sir, who holds coaching classes for competitive examinations, has been accused of inciting violence during the protests on Monday.
The FIR has been registered on the basis of statements given by agitating students who were detained on Monday and Tuesday in Patna. They purportedly said they were motivated to indulge in violence after a video, in which Khan Sir allegedly instigated students to agitate on the streets if the RRB NTPC exams were not cancelled, went viral on social media.
WHAT DOES KHAN SIR SAY?
In a conversation with Bihar Tak, before the FIR was registered against him, Khan Sir said he should be arrested if he had a role to play in the violence. He held the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) responsible for the violence and said they gave the same results to intermediate and graduate students.
He said this only benefitted the graduate students. He blamed the RRB for the protests taking a violent turn.
WHAT’S HIS REAL NAME?
Khan Sir has never revealed his real name. Earlier, some people claimed on social media that his name was Amit Singh. However, some also claimed that his name was Faisal Khan and he was a resident of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.
When asked to clarify, Khan Sir said the coaching institute in which he was teaching had asked him to not reveal his real name or share his personal number. He said some students started addressing him as Khan Sir. “When the time comes, everyone will know [my real name],” he said.
Jan Adhikar Party leader Pappu Yadav came in support of Khan Sir and said the oppression of students and teachers must stop. He said, “It is unfortunate to sue teachers in the RRB-NTPC agitation case.”
You” [the government] played with the future of the students, so the students have come out on the streets now. If you had fulfilled your responsibility, this situation wouldn’t have come. That’s why I am saying — stop the oppression of teachers and students. If you want to arrest, then arrest me first.”
Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi also supported Khan Sir. He said, “No one has the right to violence and sabotage under the Constitution. The time has come for the government to talk about employment else the situation could become worse than this. The cases against teachers, including Khan Sir, can further incite violence in the protest.”
After the allegations of instigating violence were levelled against him, Khan Sir reportedly released a video in which he appealed to students to keep their movement peaceful. He said that if they turned to violence, no one would support them.