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Railway exam candidates allege fraud, set fire to train in Gaya

The job aspirants allege irregularities in the tests. The result of the first stage of computer based test (CBT) was released on January 15. Around 1.25 crore candidates had applied for 35,000 jobs and 60 lakhs of them had appeared in the first stage test. The dispute arose over the need for a second stage test. Tests were going on for a couple of years in phases for the first stage. The Railways has now suspended the next stage exam following the violence at several railway stations and disruption in train services.

PATNA, Jan 26: Agitating Railway job-seekers in Bihar set fire to a train on the third day of their protests on Wednesday. They stormed the Gaya Junction railway station and set ablaze the Bhabua-Patna Inter City Express. Demonstrations were held at other stations too.

Candidates for the Non-Technical Popular Categories (NTPC) exam and Level 2 tests have been staging violent protests over the selection process. They are opposing the two-stage exams alleging that the second stage is meant to manipulate the results. They also alleged irregularities in the tests. The result of the first stage of computer based test (CBT) was released on January 15. Around 1.25 crore candidates had applied for 35,000 jobs advertised for Level 2 to 6. Of them, 60 lakhs had appeared in the exam. Tests were going on for a couple of years in phases.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw cautioned the demonstrators that due process will be followed if they destroy public property.

The Railways has suspended the exam following the violence. It said in a statement that a committee has been formed to look into the grievances of the candidates. It will submit its report before March 4.

The demonstrators had on Tuesday squatted on railway tracks at many places in Bihar leading to cancellation of several trains. At Nalanda, Nawada, Buxar, Ara, Muzaffarpur, Sitamarhi and Motihari stations the agitation had turned violent. Police had to use teargas and water cannons.

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