As the row over the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination continues, 10 protesters were arrested by police on Thursday on charges of rioting, assault on a public servant and damage to public property, police said.
Following police’s crackdown on UPSC aspirants on Wednesday night, scores of students held demonstrations in Mukherjee Nagar area of North Delhi on Thursday. One student was seriously injured as protesters clashed with police.
He was rushed to Bara Hindu Rao hospital. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma said, “The situation in Gandhi Vihar and Nehru Vihar is tense and we are keeping a strict watch. The 18 persons arrested on Wednesday on charges of rioting and damage to public property in connection with the violence in the area were produced in Tis Hazari court on Thursday. They have been released on bail. The two boys who fainted during their protest were taken to Bara Hindu Rao hospital and are currently out of danger.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) N Gnana Sambandhan said, “Of four UPSC aspirants admitted to Hindu Rao hospital, two were discharged on Wednesday. The other two were discharged on Thursday. They had been fasting in protest in Mukherjee Nagar area. Police also arrested Shyama Rudra Pathak and nine other students on charges of rioting, assault on a public servant and damage to public property. They were produced in court on Thursday and released on bail.”
Ruby Khan, one of the protesters at Mukherjee Nagar who was present when the incident took place, said, “We were holding a peaceful candle-light march till Hindu Rao Hospital last evening… But police put up barricades and lathi-charged us. Stones were also pelted. Several people suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital.”
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Meanwhile, demanding an unconditional apology from the Home Ministry, students of Jawaharlal Nehru University came out in support of the protesting UPSC aspirants in various parts of the capital.
“The protest against the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) is a protest against the systemic exclusion of people from non-English and humanities background. Wrong translation is an important issue indeed, but the main point being raised here is whether students trained in several regional languages should be treated unequally vis-s-vis those who could avail English-medium education,” Sucheta De, representative of the All India Students’ Association (AISA) said.