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Protests turn ugly over new reservation system in UPPSC, HC issues notices

Irate youths staged a violent agitation in Allahabad against the new reservation policy introduced by the UPPCS (Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission). This prompted the Allahabad high court to issue notices to Uttar Pradesh government and UP Public Service Commission (UPPSC) over introduction of the controversial three-tier reservation system in selection of candidates for the 2011 vacancies.

Youths staged violent agitation in the city and damaged over a dozen government buses and blocked the busy Civil Lines roads. Police had to resort to mild lathi-charge to control the youths, who are opposing the three-tier reservation introduced by the UPPCS recently.

Police spokesman Surendra Srivastava said that youth also damaged shops in Civil Lines area. Police used slight force to disperse the mob.  The Allahabad high court issuing the notice fixed 22 July as the next date of hearing.

A division bench of the court comprising Justice N K Mahapatra and Rakesh Srivastava admitted the writ petition of Sudhir Kumar, one of the candidate and others issued the notices to UP government and UPPSC.

In the petition, it has been alleged that the UPPSC had introduced reservation in three stages-- at preleminary exams, main exams and during interview, which is against the ethics of the reservation policy.
The petitioner quoting Supreme Court ruling also said that reservation could be only enforced during the announcement of the final results. Meanwhile the candidates alleged that the new reservation has been introduced to benefit a particular caste in the examination.

A candidate Subodh Awasthi,who is vocal in the protest, alleged that the new UPPSC chairman Anil Yadav and a former IPS and now a member of the UPPSC Gurudarshan Singh were responsible for introduction of the system, which is against the norms.
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