One killed in Army firing during recruitment drive in UP

The violence spread to other part of Chandauli city, 300 kms from Lucknow, with irate protesters torching vehicles and attacking the circle officer's office and the district court, prompting the state government to order a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

"One person was killed and three others were injured during firing by armymen after the aspirants went on rampage alleging irregularity in recruitment process," Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Brij Lal said.

Two companies of para-military Provincial Armed Constabulary comprising 200 personnel have been dispatched to maintain law and order. "The situation is now under control and senior officials are camping in Chandauli," he said.

Superintendent of Police, Chandauli, Laxminarayan claimed that police were not informed about the recruitment rally at a local polytechnic. Nearly 2,000 youths, including many from Bihar, had gathered for the recruitment drive.

"There were scuffles between the youths and armymen and later the situation went out of control," he said, adding an 18-year-old unidentified boy was killed in the firing and three others injured, including a local Jitendra Prasad.

Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told reporters in Lucknow that the government has ordered a magisterial inquiry in the incident.

Giving details of the incident, Lal said that the trouble broke out when armymen assaulted an aspirant, who alleged favouritism in the selection of the candidates.
Agitated youths then went on rampage and indulged in brick batting, official sources said.In a retaliatory move, the armymen fired killing one youth. The violence also led to a stampede.

Irate army aspirants then spread to different parts of the city and torched vehicles and the circle officer's office. They vandalised district court premises, created ruckus at the railway station and damaged the station master's office, sources said.
They also tried to set ablaze the district magistrate's vehicle.

Brij Lal said that road and train traffic, which was stalled by the agitating aspirants, had resumed.

The Cabinet Secretary said that on the directions of the Chief Minister, a letter was being sent to the Central Government and the Ministry of Defence.

"The MoD will be asked to ensure that the army should coordinate with local administration so that such incidents do not recur," he said.

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