Police launched a lathi-charge on Monday to disperse the protesting candidates who had qualified in 2013 for the Uttar Pradesh Police recruitment examination.
The agitators, who assembled outside Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow, chanted slogans against Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government. They carried a banner saying they may have to opt for commit collective suicide. They alleged that despite clearing the exams, including the medical examination, they were not given appointment letters, and have been made to run from pillar to post.
They also claimed that the Uttar Pradesh High Court had also given an order in favour of the aspirants.
Speaking to NewsClick, an aspirant, who was beaten by the police and admitted in the nearby hospital, said, "We gathered to ask the government why there is delay in giving our appointment letter. We were holding our protest in a peaceful manner, but police thrashed us mercilessly, and abused us. They did not even show mercy to girls and beat them too. It has been almost nine months since we have done our medical examination, but still, we are running here and there for our joining."
He added, "It has been six years, but we have not been appointed yet. Even the candidates from 2018 batch have been appointed. If our demands are not heard, we will commit suicide. Despite Allahabad High Court’s order in our favour, the government is not listening."
Meanwhile, according to a Times of India report, a group of other protesting candidates at Eco garden in Aashiana, consumed a poisonous substance.
Last year, on the occasion of Police Smriti Diwas in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath had announced that by the end of next year (2019), around 1,25,000 constables will be recruited, ending the shortage of constables in the state. But, on the ground, the reality is different.
Narrating their ordeal, Pawnesh told NewsClick, "I have passed my all examinations including the medical last year itself. Yet, I am waiting for my joining letter. I have heard that there is not enough space at training centre that's why it is getting late."
To fill the vacant posts in UP police, in 2013, the recruitment took place where 11,786 applicants were selected for the post of constable. They have gone through the written, physical and medical test, but have not received their appointment letters. Last month, more than hundred applicants of 2013, had protested in various places including Baghpat and Lucknow and sought president’s permission for mercy killing.
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