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UP Police Thrash Students Protesting Against Exclusion Of Names From List Of Selected Candidates

A total of 68,500 students had appeared for the BTC exam of which 41,556 students had passed.

Protesting candidates outside the UP state assembly in Lucknow were badly beaten and injured by the police authorities on November 2. The candidates had passed the Assistant Teacher Recruitment Exam but had not been selected for counseling for the vacant positions.

In order to restrain the protesting students lest it got violent, the police had put barricades which in turn, added to the candidates’ ire. Some tried to break down the barricades and attacked the police which resulted in the police lathi charging them. The police’s brutality led to head injuries among many candidates, some of whom fainted on the spot. While the injured candidates were admitted to the local civil hospital, police continued to be deployed in the area as the situation remained tense.

The candidates who had passed the Basic Training Certificate (BTC) exam alleged that while 41,556 students had cleared the exam, the selected candidates’ list featured only 34,660 names. The names of 5,696 candidates who belonged to the general category have been omitted in order to account for reservation. The candidates allege that all 41,556 were promised employment after clearing the exam. A total of 68,500 candidates had appeared for the exam.

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Despite the police atrocity, the candidates, however, continued to remain undeterred and stated that their protests would continue until their demands were met.

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