Pandemonium in UP assembly over police recruitment scam

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Lucknow, Nov 6 (UNI) The principal Opposition Samajwadi Party members today created pandemonium in the Uttar Pradesh assembly, demanding immediate reinstatement of over 17,000 dismissed police constables by the Mayawati government in the state.

Raising the issue through an adjournment motion, SP members trooped into the Well of the house and disrupted the functioning after state Parliamentary affairs minister Lalji Verma said taht the matter was sub-judice and the constables were dismissed after several irregularities were found in their appointments.

The SP members raised anti-government slogans and demanded immediate withdrawal of the dismissal order of the constables and action against the police officials by the government.

Leader of the Opposition and former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP) alleged that poor youth have been deprived of jobs while the honest police officials have been punished in the name of recruitment scam.

He also questioned the appointment of ADG Shailja Kant Mishra as the chairman of the probe committee who had recommended dismissal of the constables and punishment of 25 senior IPS officials.

Tension ran high when the treasury bench objected to certain statements of Mr Yadav claiming that the opposition leader was trying to terrorise the BSP members.

Mr Yadav also pointed out that it was unfortunate that the probe committee head had charged women recruits with compromising with their dignity to get jobs in police wireless (radio) service.

Mr Verma said, 42 out of the total 61 service boards have been cancelled by the governemnt on the recommendation of the probe committee after large scale irregularities were detected during the selection process.

He assured that the government was impartial and not against any caste or religion.

The matter was raised by SP member Ambikar Choudhury, who presented the details of the recruitment and the ''illegal way'' in which the constables were dismissed.

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari suggested that the government should re-examine documents of all the candidates and those who are eligible should be reinstated.

Later, the house took up the business and passed several Bills amid noisy scenes created by the SP members.

UNI

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