The protest against the alleged paper leak of the combined graduate level exam of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) spilled into a fifth day on Sunday as agitators continued to demand a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)-led investigation into the matter, reports said.
Social activist Anna Hazare reportedly met hundreds of SSC aspirants in the national capital and urged them to walk on the path of non-violence. He also demanded from the government to take action in this regard.
— ANI (@ANI) March 4, 2018
"We will wait for the government to take a decision and then see what we need to do. I urge all of you to not get violent in the meantime,” Hazare was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
What the alleged 'scam' is?
A large number of candidates have alleged that there was leak of some of the papers for the SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Tier II Examination and that mass cheating was reported during the examination. The CGL examination was held from 17 to 21 February.
A total of 1,89,843 candidates appeared for SSC CGL Tier II exam, this year.
The SSC, on 17 February, had to cancel the second shift of the SSC CGL Tier II exam after malpractices were reported at an exam centre in New Delhi.
According to NDTV report, paper chits with answers were found in the toilet at the exam centre after the completion of quantitative aptitude paper. In Bhopal also, on 22 February, the commission had to cancel the exam after candidates found out that several questions were already marked with answers.
“When the exam started, we found that in several questions the answers were also marked. We informed the invigilators suspecting a paper leak and stopped answering further,” a candidate was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Political parties offer support to protesters
The Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and BJP have come out in support of the candidates, who have been protesting outside the SSC's office at CGO Complex in New Delhi for the last five days.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that the Centre should initiate a CBI probe in the alleged SSC paper leak, stating that the issue was related to the fate of thousands of exam aspirants.
हज़ारों छात्र SSC exam scam की CBI enquiry की माँग कर रहे है। ये मुद्दा हज़ारों छात्रों के भविष्य से जुड़ा है। केंद्र सरकार को छात्रों की माँग तुरंत मान कर CBI enquiry करानी चाहिए। — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 2, 2018
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) March 3, 2018
The Congress on Saturday also joined the chorus and demanded a thorough probe by CBI into the matter.
Dubbing the SSC paper leak scandal as another Vyapam scam, Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the government should immediately agree to all the demands of the agitating students and order a CBI probe into the paper leak.
In a statement, he said that students from across the country were protesting on the streets of Delhi for days to highlight the corruption in the SSC recruitment exam.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Saturday met protesters outside the SSC office at Lodhi Road and said he would take up the issue with the minister concerned. He said the agitating candidates belong to various states and he met them on "humanitarian" grounds.
SSC headquarters comes under siege
The SSC headquarters has been under siege for more than five days. The Delhi Metro on Saturday even closed the JLN Stadium station for public in the wake of a big protest by students at the nearby CGO Complex. The station falls on the Delhi Metro network's busy Violet Line that connects Kashmere Gate to Escorts Mujesar.
It was closed around 9 am on the advise of Delhi Police. "The station will remain closed till further directions," a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official said on Saturday.
Rajasthan students join the protest
The SSC aspirants from Rajasthan have also joined the ongoing protest in the national capital. According to DNA, candidates, in large numbers, from across Rajasthan have gone to Delhi to show their solidarity with the protesters. Some students are planning to stage a protest in Jaipur also.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Mar 04, 2018 14:47 PM