Railway Job Candidates Clash with Police at Rajendra Nagar Terminal

Police arrest protestors at Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Thousands of candidates for the Group D railway job entrance test in Patna on Monday clashed with the law enforcement officials at Rajendra Nagar Terminal where they had blocked the track disrupting railway traffic for hours in protest against the Indian Railway's decision to reduce the qualifying age from 31 to 28 and for increasing the number of seats for the Indian Technical Institute (ITI) graduates at the cost of other non-ITI candidates.

Demanding reduction of seat for the IT graduates and raise in the age of the candidate from 28 to 30, hundreds of protestors sat on the track at the Rajendra Nagar Terminal causing much delay in the movement of many passenger trains.

When the police tried to remove the blockade, the protestors began pelting stones at them that led to a mild lathi charge in which some protestors were said to be hurt. Police also took nearly a dozen people, including the state President of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) Chunnu Singh Thakur, into custody for disrupting railway traffic, vandalizing government properties, and assaulting law enforcement officials.

Reacting to today's protest, Union Minister from Bihar Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he had personally spoke to the Railway Minister Piyush Goel and had urged him to keep the age limit to 30.

"He has assured me to look into this matter and a new announcement to this effect could be coming in a matter of days," Prasad said.

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