SUPPORTERS OF a candidate, who was not allowed to take Staff Selection Commission (SSC) tax inspector exam by Aminabad Inter College authorities for turning up late at the centre, created a ruckus outside the college on Sunday.
The situation worsened when the girl candidate alleged that the college principal attempted to outrage her modesty. An FIR was registered with the Aminabad police. College principal JP Misra has rubbished the candidate’s claim. He lodged a counter FIR against some unruly elements for trying to hamper the smooth conduct of SSC exam.
However, after the candidate’s charge against the principal, several people gathered outside the college and blocked the main road leading to Nakkhas market. Some others tried to damage the college gate. Police had to resort to a mild lathicharge to disperse the mob.
Police said that Aminabad Inter College was named as the SSC exam centre. The exam started at 10 am. As per the SSC guidelines, no candidate should be allowed to enter the exam centre after the stipulated time. A girl candidate, accompanied with two persons, reached the exam centre at 10:15.
Trouble started, when the girl candidate was not allowed to take her exam on the ground that she was late. The candidate and those who had accompanied her to the exam centre entered into a heated argument with the college employees.
At this point, college principal and two exam observers, Sadar tehsildar Pappu Gupta and deputy commissioner entertainment tax VK Srivastava, came out. A mob gathered outside the college and tried to damage the gate by pelting stones.
Also, there was a scuffle between the supporters of the candidate and the college staff. Around this time, Hriday Narain Tiwari, who had accompanied the girl candidate to the exam centre, fell. Later, the candidate alleged that the college principal tried to outrage her modesty. She demanded his arrest. Some people including Shailesh Singh Shailu, who had contested the mayoral election and some students, corporators and lawyers gathered outside the college.
Later, the girl candidate was taken inside the college in police protection to identify those who had misbehaved with her. Even when the candidate was inside, some troublemakers started pelting stones at the college again. They also threw stones at the PAC personnel who resorted to a mild lathi-charge.
Later, the mob put up a road blockade outside the college for about five hours. Shopkeepers fearing a major trouble closed their shutters. The two exam observers supported the principal’s version of the incident, as given to the police.