Stoning, lathicharge & arrests during demo

Indore : Activists of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) led by Congress state president Arun Yadav on Wednesday staged a demonstration near the office of Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) alleging that the recruiting agency was being misused by the BJP led state government and demanding probe into all the exams conducted by the MPPSC held in last 10 years.

The protestors also demanded Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan resignation and shouted slogans against him and the MPPSC.

Police had to resort to lathicharge and used water cannons to disperse the agitated protestors who in turn pelted stones. Four persons were injured in the stoning and lathicharge.

To bring the situation under control, police arrested some of the agitators including Yadav, NSUI state president Vipin Wankhede, Congress city chief Pramod Tandon and ex-MLA Tulsi Silawat. However, they were later released on bond.

Following the call of the protest by NSUI, heavy police were deployed at MPPSC office since morning.  NSUI activists along with their state chief Vipin Wankhede and senior Congress leaders reached to a site near MPPSC office where a stage was setup.

The Congress and NSUI leaders addressed the activists and criticised the Shivraj government. They alleged that the government like Vyapam used MPPSC also getting its people placed in public service jobs.

Yadav said that both the recruiting agencies Vyapam and MPPSC were misused and demanded Chauhan’s resignation.

“We will lay a siege to CM’s residence on July 18 and seek his resignation,” Yadav said claiming that Chauhan House was directly involved in the Vyapam and MPPSC scams.

He called upon NSUI activists to take a lead on both the scams

Alleging that many people associated with the Safron outfit were benefited through MPPSC, Wankhede demanded CBI inquiry into exams conducted by the MPPSC in last 10 years.

“If probed by the CBI, MPPSC scam could turn out bigger than Vyapam.”

After addressing activists, the NSUI leaders moved towards MPPSC office but barricades put by the police prevented their move.

After little argument with police, the NSUI workers tried to remove the barricades forcing police to resort to lathicharge.

As tempers grew, water cannons were used to disperse the crowd but to no avail. Instead, the NSUI activists started pelting stone on the water cannons.

Wankhede and some of his supporters jumped the barricades only to be arrested by the police. Seeing this, Yadav and other Congress leaders reached near the barricades who were also arrested then.

The arrested protestors were released later on bond.

Wankhede said that the NSUI would take to state-wide protest on MPPSC scam.

Why MPPSC under tree?

Paper of exam for Ayurved Medical Officer post was leaked in May. The MPPSC made the exam null and void and department of higher education moved Shrikrishna Sharma, who was on deputation in the MPPSC as exam controller, to a college in Hoshangabad. With this the MPPSC thought that the issue is over but to its bad luck, a gang involved in paper leak cases was busted by Delhi crime branch and its members admitted to have leaked paper of MPPSC-2012.

The development forced the recruiting agency to suspend interviews of MPPSC-2012 scheduled to be held from July 30. “These two cases were the ones which were actually were being caught due to happenstance. If the real exposition is to be done than, an inquiry in the previous exams is also required,” Wankhede said.  He also demanded to cancel exams-2013 scheduled from July 27 smelling foul play.  “Probe into MPPSC-2012 is underway for establishing the stage at which the paper was leaked. Until the probe is over and all the loose ends are tightened, it would be inappropriate to hold MPPSC-2013 as chances of malpractice persist,” Wankhede said.

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