Many Hurt in Lathi Charge During Sub-Inspector Hopefuls' Rally

Lathi-charge on protestors at Kargil Chowk in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Dozens of people were injured in Patna on Friday when the police resorted to lathi charge during a protest by the Sub-Inspector (SI) aspirants who have been on a rampage for last several days to press for their demands.

Demanding the exam for the recruitment of SI be canceled following the alleged leak of question papers, the protestors gathered at the Kargil Chowk and chanted anti-government slogans. When the police tried to remove them due to a major road jam, the protestors pelted the cops with bricks and stones.

The crowd also damaged a number of private vehicles and a bus with passengers still in it.

"I thought I was going to die when the protestors smashed the windshield of the bus I was sitting in," said a teenager girl with tears running down her eyes.

Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer size of the mob, police called for backup and soon dozens of special riot jawans along with the anti-riot vehicle Vajra arrived at the Chowk and began hitting the protestors with their batons forcing them to retreat to avoid injuries as well as impending arrest.

At least a dozen protestors were hurt in the incident and had to be taken to the nearby Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) for treatment.

"The question paper was leaked two hours before the test was to be conducted. The exam should be canceled but if the government fails to carry out an unbiased probe into it or fails to cancel it, we will be forced to launch a bigger agitation in the state," said one Ranjit Kumar.


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