5 questions: Congress MP talks about death of 4 at police recruitment drive in Haryana

Deepender Hooda, Congress MP, Rohtak, talks about the death of four applicants in a police recruitment drive at Kurukshetra

Written by Pradeep Kaushal | Published: August 5, 2016 2:15:38 am
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You said in the Lok Sabha that five lakh appeared in the physical test and no arrangements were made for their stay. Do you think it is possible to make arrangements on that scale?

The authorities called 13,000 people for the test everyday, made them stand in queue from midnight and made no provisions for even drinking water and toilet facilities.

When your party was in power in Haryana, what arrangements did your government make?

Earlier, the Police Recruitment Board used to handle the task at district headquarters. Applicants were made to run barefoot on a stadium track. This time, the government outsourced the job to the Subordinate Services Selection Board, which is supposed to select schoolteachers, clerks and peons. The applicants were made to run barefoot on metalled roads during peak summer.

Wasn’t it an exaggeration to say thousands were hospitalised?

As many as 1,300 were admitted to private hospitals, and 300-400 admitted to government hospitals.

Some reports suggested that drug overdose caused the death of at least two of the four people while 54 others had to be hospitalised…

The postmortem did not support these reports. However, a drug mafia was operating in the area under the nose of the police. Are they going to make Udta Haryana now?

You have demanded that the home ministry order an inquiry. Can it do so unilaterally?

Someone has to be accountable for this act of criminal negligence. The state government has ordered an I-G to conduct an inquiry, which will be obviously an eyewash.

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