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No exam for latecomers; protest on NH

BALURGHAT: A group of job aspirants who were supposed to sit for the examination of state excise department on Sunday were barred by the law-enforcers for late arrival. In protest, they staged demonstration before Balurghat B Ed College and blocked Hili-Balurghat National Highway 512 for about 30 minutes.

According to a source, around 60 examinees were restricted to get entry into the examination centre for late arrival and following the restrictions, the examinees were initially involved in argument with the invigilators

and then with the security personnel who were deployed there.

Soon the entire area turned into a war zone after the job-seekers were involved in clashes with police and put up a blockade on NH demanding entry into the examination centre. Police were forced to resort mild baton-charge after a few of the examinees turned violent and pelted stones at them. Around 30 minutes later, police were being able to control the situation and therefore normalcy was restored. Nine persons from both ends received injuries during the clash and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Balurghat headquarter) Dhiman Mitra reached the area with a huge contingent of police force, combat-force and RAF in order to restore normalcy.

There was a heavy traffic congestion following the agitation and blockade.

"Police had managed to control the situation and lifted the blockade. A contingent of police force deployed there to avoid untoward situation," Mitra said

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