RRB NTPC Protests: Minister Pathak condemns police brutality on Prayagraj students
Uttar Pradesh Minister Brajesh Pathak spoke to reporters today regarding the RRB NTPC Protests in the state. He expressed condemnation towards the police brutality shown towards students in Prayagraj, after videos of the same went viral on social media last night.
In the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, several protests took place at Railway Stations. The demonstrations were held by students who were protesting against the RRB NTPC Result. They alleged ‘inaccurate results’ on Railway Recruitment Board and demanded a revision of the same.
“It is sad and we condemn it. I demand stricter action on the policemen who have done it,” said Minister Pathak. After the release of an official notification from the Ministry of Railways, the search for candidates began in the states. Videos of police exhibiting baton charge and brutality on students and forcefully taking them from hostels took social media by a storm and many began to trend the hashtag ‘#JusticeforStudents’.
Following the events, RRB NTPC CBT 2 and Level 1 exams were suspended on January 26. A committee has been assigned to look into the results for RRB NTPC CBT 1.
The protests which began as a gathering soon turned violent when stone pelting began and a train was set on fire. Ministry of Railways issued a notice stating it would be looking into the protest videos and take necessary action against the candidates who have indulged in ‘unlawful’ activities.
“Candidates found indulging in such unlawful activities will be liable for police action and a lifetime debarment from Railway jobs,” stated the official notice.
The row over this sarkari result had been ongoing since the declaration on January 14. Protestors blocked railway stations in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh which disrupted railway routes for several hours. RRB NTPC CBT 2 which was scheduled for Feb 15 to 19 are now postponed until further notice.