On the third day of a Bihar-based agitation against alleged discrepancies in Railway Exam tests conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board for Non-Technical Popular Categories (RRB NTPC), a train was set ablaze at Gaya Junction. Fortunately, there were no casualties.
After the incident, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav urged the job aspirants not to destroy public property and assured them that their grievances would be resolved. The ministry has postponed the RRB NTPC and Level 1 exams for the time being.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took to Twitter to condemn the “repression” of protesting candidates and asked the government to find a solution through dialogue. He appealed to the protesters to maintain peace and demanded the government to release the arrested candidates.
Railway Exam Protest in Bihar; Train burnt at Gaya station.
On Wednesday, a train was allegedly torched in protest against job aspirants in the Railways over the recruitment test. The incident is from Gaya railway station in Bihar.
Angry protesters ransacked trains and pelted stones. Stones could be seen all over the platform of the railway station and broken windows of the train were also visible in the pictures.
No one was injured as a result of the protests at Gaya Junction.
The rakes were empty and were standing inside the yard when the miscreants set a coach on fire. As a result, rail traffic has not been disrupted,” said a railway official. Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Aditya Kumar said, “We have brought the situation under control at Gaya Junction. Some protesters have been detained. Action will be taken after the arsonists are identified.
Govt. Promises Solution:
At a press conference on Wednesday, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw urged job aspirants not to destroy public property and assured them that their grievances would be resolved.
Earlier in the day, the ministry suspended the Non-Technical Popular Categories (RRB NTPC) and the Level 1 exams.
Ashwini Vaishnaw said the railways is in touch with the chief ministers concerned and the issue is being handled “sensitively”.
He added, “The authorities will follow due process if public property is damaged.”