SSC aspirants stage protest, Lathi charge oh them, 207 detained

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Students allege that they have been lathi-charged, however, police deny use of any force
Continuing their protests in opposition to the alleged Staff Selection Commission (SSC) paper leak, students from quite a number parts of the country gathered at Parliament Street on Saturday asking a CBI probe into all the SSC examinations held in the past one year.

The students hailed from cities such as Allahabad and Jaipur.

“Around 200 of us have come to Delhi to raise our voices against the SSC scam. For the previous few weeks, we have been continuously agitating and we got here to take the protest forward. We demand a CBI probe of all the SSC tests held between 2013-17. Since the time the examinations have been made online, all these troubles have cropped up,” stated Shakti Rajwar, a pupil of the University of Allahabad.

However, a clash between the Delhi Police and the students ensued when the crew tried to march toward Connaught Place from Parliament Street.

Over 207 protesters were detained by the police.

The students alleged that they were lathi-charged which left many of them injured.

Contrary to this, the police denied the usage of lathis throughout the protest. “There used to be no lathi-charge. No force was used,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Ajay Chaudhary said that Swaraj India had sought permission for a peaceable protest however they have been informed through the New Delhi Police to stage a protest at Ramlila Maidan as per the NGT orders.

“However, they went in advance with the demonstration at Parliament Street. As the crowd grew, a group of about 200-300 people proceeded in the direction of Connaught Place and attempts had been made to end them the usage of barricades. However, they did not cease and so 207 of them had been detained at Tilak Marg and Mandir Marg police station. They had been later released,” he said.

‘Vyapam model’

The students also accused the authorities of failing to prevent the alleged leak.

“The adamant manner in which the authorities are behaving really shows that it is hiding something and that there is a strong nexus with these inside the system. Despite the presence of a massive quantity of students, the government is not doing anything. This is nothing but the nationalization of the Vyapam model via scams like the SSC, CBSE, and others. The authorities might be arrogant with the institutional infringements that they have done however the anger of the child is clear that this government will no longer be spared,” said Sucheta De, countrywide president of All India Students’ Association (AISA).

source: The Hindu, ANI