In a shocking incident, a peaceful protest by Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) aspirants at Dogra Chowk in Jammu turned violent on Wednesday. The protesters were agitating against the decision of the board to engage a fraud company Aptech for conducting the exams.
Eyewitnesses reported that the police resorted to a lathi charge on the protesting aspirants, injuring several of them. The use of force, including baton charges, was unwarranted and excessive, as the protesters were peacefully demonstrating their dissent.
The JKSSB aspirants were angry at the board’s decision to engage Aptech, a company that has been blacklisted in the past for its fraudulent practices. The protesters were demanding that the board cancel its contract with Aptech and engage a more reputable company for conducting the exams.
The police action has drawn condemnation from various quarters, with many calling it a violation of the democratic right to dissent. Political leaders, student bodies, and civil society organizations have demanded an immediate inquiry into the incident and strict action against those responsible for the use of force.
The incident has also sparked a debate about the selection process for government jobs in Jammu and Kashmir, with many questioning the transparency and fairness of the process. The JKSSB aspirants have been demanding a level playing field and a fair selection process for all candidates.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has assured that an inquiry will be conducted into the incident and appropriate action will be taken against those found guilty. The administration has also appealed to the JKSSB aspirants to maintain peace and cooperate with the inquiry process.
The incident has once again highlighted the need for a more transparent and accountable selection process for government jobs in Jammu and Kashmir.
It has also raised questions about the role of private companies in conducting such exams and the need for stricter regulation of their activities.