Jammu & Kashmir

JKSSB aspirants physically assaulted by police during protest, several detained; politicians react

A screenshot of the video showing JKSSB aspirants being physically assaulted by police in Jammu on March 8, 2023.

Jammu: In Jammu and Kashmir, as aspirants of JKSSB continue to protest seeking immediate cancellation of the purported contract to the tainted company APTECH for conduct of various exams, several students were detained during the protest in Jammu on Wednesday.

Police also resorted to lathi-charge and physical assault after protesting aspirants made attempts to block roads.

Protests were also witnessed in Srinagar’s Press Enclave this morning.

The agency has been blacklisted by several states in India and even the court had imposed a penalty on it for alleged fraud and manipulations in the recruitment.

“All blacklisted companies should be banned in Jammu and Kashmir, until action is taken against these blacklisted companies, no student will sit for any competitive exams,” one of the protesting aspirants from Srinagar said.

Another said, “Many newspapers have also highlighted these scams, nothing significant is being done to allay the apprehensions of the job aspirants.”

The protesters demanded that the Lieutenant Governor administration should rise to the occasion and take necessary measures for the larger benefit of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sajad Lone have condemned the police action.

“This contract must immediately be cancelled. What is the point of the blacklisting company if they are going to be awarded plum contracts,” Omar wrote on Twitter

“This contract is even more dangerous because it puts at risk the future of scores of aspirants who rely on JKSSRB to conduct recruitment exams,” reads the tweet.

In a subsequent tweet, Omar added: “I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the use of force & lathi charge against students & JKSSRB aspirants. These youngsters were exercising their democratic right to protest against the recent decision to engage a blacklisted firm #Aptech by JKSSRB.”

“Strongly condemn the use of force against students protesting APTECH. Using force against students shows how alienated the administration is. Who would order use of force against young students. Have some shame. U would probably have children at home, of same age group,” Sajad Lone said.

Earlier, Mehbooba wrote, “Amusing to receive a message from CBI to report bribes. A blacklisted company like APTECH is given contracts repeatedly to wreak the future of J&K youth. I Hope CBI takes note of the APTECH recruitment scam. Let’s see how many heads roll.”

“It is disheartening to hear about the use of violence against #JKSSB aspirants in J&K who were peacefully protesting for their future. I strongly condemn such actions and urge the government to intervene to protect the rights of students without fear of harm!,” former JK CM Ghulam Nabi Azad wrote on his Twitter handle.

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