All India Students’ Union (AISA) and other youth organisations have called for ‘Bihar Bandh’ on Friday to protest the alleged irregularities in Railway Recruitment Board’s (RRB’s) NTPC stage 1 exam results.
The Railway Ministry had earlier announced the suspension of the Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) and Level 1 exams, after job aspirants in Bihar and Jharkhand staged massive protests on Wednesday.
Job aspirants had opposed to the decision by the Railways to hold the exam in two stages, claiming that the second stage was unfair to those who had passed the first selection stage.
A group of students set a passenger train on fire and also pelted stones on the police. ‘Videos have been shot and the accused protestors will be arrested after an investigation,’ an official said.
During the protests on Wednesday, the job aspirants blocked the New Delhi-Kolkata main railway tracks. The agitations also spilled over to border regions in eastern UP.
The Bihar Police said that railway properties were damaged in Gaya, Jehanabad, Bhagalpur, Sasaram, Samastipur and Chhapra districts.
The results of the Computer Based Test-1 (CBT-1) exam, held last year, were released on January 15 for shortlisting the candidates for the second stage.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday extended his support to the protesters, saying he is against the policies of the BJP government, adding however, that ‘violence is not the way.’
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