UPPSC quota protest: 4 FIRs name 2,500 for rioting,mischief

Week-long protest called off

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: July 17, 2013 4:07 am

The Allahabad police Tuesday registered a total of four FIRs,all at Civil Lines police station,in connection with the violence that took place on Monday when youths protesting against the reservation policy of the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) went on the rampage. They had alleged that the UPPSC policy was discriminatory to general category candidates.

The FIRs were registered against a crowd of 2,500 persons,of which 25 were identified. “The FIRs have been registered under various sections of the IPC pertaining to rioting,mischief and damaging public property. At least 25 students and student leaders have been identified. They have been identified on the basis of the photographs and video footage of the incident. Efforts are on to nab them,” said Inspector in-charge (Civil Lines),Amar Nath Yadav. However,he refused to reveal the names. No arrests have been made.

Out of the four,two FIRs have been registered on the complaints lodged by the State Roadways Department,while another has been registered on a complaint by the owners of Atlantis Mall on Sardar Patel Marg. Another FIR pertaining to rioting and violating prohibitory orders was registered on the complaint of the police.

On Monday,around half-a-dozen state roadways buses,a police motorcycle and several private vehicles were damaged by the youths who had gone on a rampage during a protest at the UPPSC office. They had come to Mahatma Gandhi Marg and then gone to Sardar Patel Marg from Subhash Chauraha in the posh Civil Lines area,damaging vehicles and also shops and commercial establishments along the way. All along,the Civil Lines police station area remained the theatre of violence.

Superintendent of Police (Crime) Arun Kumar Pandey said,“The situation has eased out. But we are keeping a watch. Investigations will reveal the involvement of other youths in Monday’s violence.”

Meanwhile,the youths protesting outside the UPPSC office since last week called off their agitation late Monday night. They left the spot after senior police and administration officials persuaded them to discontinue with their protest. “We have decided to call off the agitation for now and will wait for whatever happens in the HC on July 22. After that,we will redraw our strategy,” said Pradeep Singh,one of the students to have approached the HC against the UPPSC policy decision.

PWD minister Shivpal Yadav,who was on a personal visit attending a marriage in the family of Meja MLA Girish Chandra alias Gama Pandey,told the mediapersons that the government was prepared to listen to the demands of the aspirants and everybody’s interests would be taken care of.

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