Patrakar Nagar police station SHO Manoranjan Bharti said apart from Khan Sir, five other teachers – SK Jha, Navin, Amarnath, Gagan Pratap and Gopal Verma – have been booked. “Four protesters – Kishan Kumar, Rajan Kumar, Rohit Kumar and Vikram Kumar – who were arrested from Rajendra Nagar terminal had accused the six teachers of instigating the job aspirants,” he said.
The accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC, including 147 (rioting), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty).
The FIR was registered on the basis of the statement of some protesters who had been taken into custody during the violent protests at Rajendra Nagar terminal here on Monday. The teachers have been booked for “inciting the mob” that indulged in vandalism, set trains on fire and caused extensive damage to railway property across the state since January 24.
The protests erupted after the RRB and NTPC issued fresh notifications a few days ago with a provision of two examinations. Those who have passed the earlier examination and are waiting for the posting have been asked to clear the mains examination. The previous examination will be treated as a preliminary examination.
In his YouTube channel, ‘Khan Sir’ had said, “You have put an additional exam burden on those who have passed the earlier examination. Even if they are ready for mains examination, how could they prepare for it in less than one month’s time? Preparing for the mains examination is not possible in less than one month.”
Patna DM Chandrashekhar Singh said those named in the FIR would be given an opportunity to defend themselves. “They can present their point of view to police. Action will be taken against the guilty,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources in the railway ministry said since law and order is a state subject, the respective state police would carry out the investigation. They pointed out that protests erupted in parts of Bihar and UP which have high concentration of coaching institutes. They said the coaching institutes would be keen on more applicants qualifying after the first round as that would directly help their business.
“Since the people running these coaching centres are more aware and have better understanding of the laid-down norms, they should have made applicants understand why 7.05 lakh candidates were shortlisted for 35,281 vacancies. They were also very much aware that one applicant could find his/ her name for more than one category of jobs. So, they should have helped the applicants understand the entire process,” said an official.
(With Inputs From Dipak Dash In Delhi)