UPSC aspirants clash with police in Delhi

SansadTV Bureau

upsc_protestA candle-march carried out by scores of UPSC aspirants turned violent in the late evening on Wednesday when they had a clash with security personnel in Nehru Vihar area of North Delhi, police said.

Some police personnel were injured in the incident when protesters resorted to stone-pelting.

“Our three or four police personnel have been injured in the incident. Police are investigating the case,” Delhi Police PRO Rajan Bhagat said.

Some students have been detained for the incident, he added. There are reports of torching of some vehicles by the protesters.

“We are carrying out a silent candle march in favour of of our demands, but some police officials stopped us in the midway,” said a protester.

Protesters are demanding scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Test.

The row over UPSC examination pattern again reverberated in the Lok Sabha on Thursday , government said that  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself taken up the issue seriously and a “balanced and mutually acceptable” solution will be found soon.

Flash back

Students have been protesting against the exam saying there is a need to change the second paper as it makes it difficult for people coming from rural areas of Hindi-speaking states to crack the exam. The students argue that the questions asked in language comprehension skills are asked in English and no Hindi translations are provided. They want this to be changed.

At least seven persons were injured on 25th july 2014  at Delhi University’s North Campus when the police fired teargas shells and lathi-charged protesters, who had taken to the streets over, admit cards being issued for the Civil Services examination without resolving their grievances over Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).

Over 300 students were detained at Parliament Street PS on 26th july 2014 even as a few of them clashed with policemen at Mukherjee Nagar where a sit-in demonstration was being held. One of them, Niranjan, poured kerosene over his body and tried to set himself ablaze but was stopped from doing so by police.

However, earlier this month Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh made a statement in the Lok Sabha and assured that no candidate will be discriminated on the basis of language.

Both the houses have also witnessed Echo on the issue of UPSC.

Many political parties of opposition have asked the government what it was doing to resolve the issue.

The government told the houses that any decision on the issue would be balanced, comprehensive and in the interest of students, while students’ protests continued in certain parts of Delhi.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the UPSC issue will be resolved within a week. Discussions are going on.

He also told that he had a meeting with the PM to find a way out following a directive from the PM Narendra Modi in the wake of student’s protests.