UPSC aspirants marching towards Parliament detained by police, fail to get any assurance from government

The protesters claimed that the current format discriminates against those who are not proficient in English.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2014 3:04 pm
UPSC-l The police used teargas and resorted to lathicharge to disperse the protesters.

A group of Civil Services aspirants agitating against ‘language discrimination’ on Friday tried to march towards Parliament but were stopped by the police which later took them into preventive custody.

The protestors, who had clashed with the police on Thursday night in North Delhi, were stopped outside Central Secretariat metro station from where they were taken to Parliament Street Police Station.

“We have detained around 150 protesters. Necessary preventive action will be taken if needed,” said a senior Delhi Police official.

Two metro stations–Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhavan–were shut to prevent the protesters from reaching anywhere near Parliament House.

“As advised by the police, the two metro stations have been closed for public from 12:45 PM till further advice. Interchange facility will be available at Central Secretariat,” said a DMRC spokesperson.

The protesters claimed that the current format discriminates against those who are not proficient in English.

“We wanted to go toward Parliament as there is no one from the government to talk to us. In this current format, there are more chances of discrimination to those who are not so proficient in English.

“We have got assurances in the past but nothing happened. Yesterday, we were issued our admit cards and now on 24th (of August) we have our papers. We want something to be done immediately,” said a Civil Service aspirant.

They have been protesting for sometime now demanding scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) and had blocked the main highway by-pass road near Burari in North Delhi last night after UPSC issued admit cards for the preliminary examination scheduled next month.

They had clashed with the police, set several vehicles, including a police jeep, on fire, and indulged in stone- pelting leaving 12 people injured.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Goel, the incident took place around 8.30 PM when about 500 to 700 protesters tried to block the main highway by-pass road, demanding scrapping of CSAT.

“Two roadways buses and a bike were also burnt by the protesters. Those injured included a roadways bus driver, a passerby and 10 policemen,” said Deputy Commissioner of police (North) Madhur Verma.

As violence escalated, the police used teargas and resorted to lathicharge to disperse the protesters.

The police arrested 20 protesters and charged them with rioting, damaging public property, preventing public servants from performing their duty and assault.

“We have registered a case under IPC sections at Timarpur Police Station. We have videographed the whole incident and more arrests are possible after those who indulged in arson and rioting are identified,” said a senior police official.

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  1. B
    Jul 27, 2014 at 6:28 am
    Civil servant need to be proficient in the only language that links this nation. At a transferable job of averaging 3 years its pertinent to know English-how the can the southern northeast or western states be administered papers don't move in hindi- ah now we get there the govt is trying to upstage hindi down under - or they're testing already troubled waters- already the reservation system has done enough damage to insutions- who goes to govt hospitals or schools for all the charade of inclusive growth by socialist activists try getting them to avail of services at govt run organisations.If grouse is about the exam papers or pattern get it evaluated through competent systems do the needful instead of prolonging the issue
  2. L
    Jul 25, 2014 at 10:50 am
    Ha... this is how tamils feel over hindi... for tat.
  3. N
    Jul 25, 2014 at 11:10 am
    This demonstration is plain stupid. If you want to serve in the civil service, what the were you doing all these years. How much effort does it really take to have a decent proficiency in English as a second language. Agree that IPC should be language blind. You knew all the time that India is a multilingual state. At least you should know the Local language; Mother tongue, and English. Grow up and show some maturity, else you are not fit to serve.