Srinagar: Thousands of candidates who had gathered at Indore Stadium here on Wednesday to appear in a recruitment test for Fire and Emergency Department protested against authorities for `mismanagement` in conducting the exam, following which police used force to disperse them.
Around 10,000 candidates were called to appear in the written test for the appointments in the Fire and Emergency Services Department at the stadium.
However, the irate candidates alleged that exam authorities did not have proper arrangements to accommodate all of them due to shortage of space, which resulted in a mess.
The candidates alleged authorities in the department of being "irresponsible" and "unprofessional".
"The situation went out of control and police was forced to swing into action," a police spokesman said, adding it also led to traffic snarls around the area.
An aspiring candidate, Shabir Ahmad claimed, "The venue was very small to manage the huge number of candidates which resulted in the mess. The department should have made adequate arrangements."
However, the Fire and Emergency Services Department said the situation was created by those candidates who did not pass the earlier test and could not make the cut for today`s examination.
"Those candidates who were dropped for this test went on a rampage. The situation went out of control and we had to seek police assistance," an official of the department said.
He said the department has postponed the test till further notice.