Updated: January 26, 2022 9:50:07 pm
Even as protests against the Railway Recruitment Board’s (RRB) Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) competitive examinations continued for the third consecutive day, the agitating students on Wednesday set on fire train compartments in Gaya. The protesters also allegedly pelted stones at the police in Jehanabad and tried to obstruct the movement of trains in Bhagalpur.
In Gaya, as cops tried to disperse the protesters, some of them set a train on fire. The train was stationary and empty at that time, and no injuries were reported from the incident.
#WATCH | Students protesting against alleged irregularities in a railway exam set a train on fire in Gaya, Bihar earlier today
“Railway tracks were also damaged which are being repaired. Senior officers from Railways have reached the spot,” said SSP Aditya Kumar pic.twitter.com/7lVkedvmKm
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Earlier on Tuesday, protesting students had torched a train compartment at Ara.
Amid protests, the Railways Ministry has decided to put on hold its recruitment drives and formed a committee that will talk to the protesters.
“All RRB chairmen have been asked to listen to the concerns of students, compile them and send them to the committee. An email address has been set up for this purpose. The committee will go to different parts of the country and listen to grievances,” Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manavjit Singh Dhillon told The Indian Express, “An FIR has been filed against six coaching institutes and 150 unidentified people. So far, we have arrested eight persons (including functionaries of some coaching institutes) in this regard.”
As protests also continued in places across Patna, DM Chandrashekhar Singh told reporters, “We have identified some coaching institutions which are provoking students to protest. We are also keeping a tab on some other such coaching centres.”
Most of these coaching centres are based in old Patna.
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