One killed in Army firing during UP recruitment drive

Last Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 15:42

Chandauli/Lucknow: An 18-year-old youth
was on Sunday killed and three persons were injured as Armymen
opened fire on irate aspirants who went on a rampage during an
Army recruitment drive alleging irregularities in the process
in Chandauli district of Uttar Pradesh.

The violence spread to other part of Chandauli city,
300 kms from Lucknow, with irate protesters torching vehicles
and attacking the circle officer`s office and the district
court, prompting the state government to order a magisterial
inquiry into the incident.

"One person was killed and three others were injured
during firing by Armymen after the aspirants went on rampage
alleging irregularity in recruitment process," Additional
Director General of Police (law and order) Brij Lal said.

Two companies of paramilitary Provincial Armed
Constabulary comprising 200 personnel have been dispatched to
maintain law and order. "The situation is now under control
and senior officials are camping in Chandauli," he said.

Superintendent of Police, Chandauli, Laxminarayan
claimed that police were not informed about the recruitment
rally at a local polytechnic. Nearly 2,000 youths, including
many from Bihar, had gathered for the recruitment drive.

"There were scuffles between the youths and Armymen
and later the situation went out of control," he said, adding
an 18-year-old unidentified boy was killed in the firing and
three others injured, including a local Jitendra Prasad.

Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told
reporters in Lucknow that the government has ordered a
magisterial inquiry in the incident.

Giving details of the incident, Lal said that the
trouble broke out when Armymen assaulted an aspirant, who
alleged favouritism in the selection of the candidates.

Agitated youths then went on rampage and indulged in
brick batting, official sources said. In a retaliatory move,
the Armymen fired killing one youth. The violence also led to
a stampede.

Irate Army aspirants then spread to different parts of
the city and torched vehicles and the circle officer`s office.
They vandalised district court premises, created ruckus at the
railway station and damaged the station master`s office,
sources said.

They also tried to set ablaze the district
magistrate`s vehicle.

Brij Lal said that road and train traffic, which was
stalled by the agitating aspirants, had resumed.

The Cabinet Secretary said that on the directions of
the Chief Minister, a letter was being sent to the Central
government and the Ministry of Defence.

"The MoD will be asked to ensure that the Army should
coordinate with local administration so that such incidents do
not recur," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 15:42

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