Kannada activists continue protest against railway appointments

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Bangalore, Jan 4 (UNI) About 50 pro-Kannada activists were arrested in Mysore, as protests continued against Kannada speaking people being 'ignored' by the Railway authorities while appointing Group D employees, for which recruitment process is on in three places that inculudes the city and Hubli.

Various organisations came together today to protest against Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav whom they accused of being biased against the people of the state.

Speaking after holding the protest at Hubli, Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj said Mr Yadav was trying to fill the Railways up with people from Bihar. "We will not let the tests to proceed if people of Karnataka are biased against," he said.

Nearly 50 activists were arrested at Chamundi Vihar Sports complex in Mysore where the recruitment process for SWR is going on since yesterday.

The activists staged a demonstration in front of the stadium and shouted slogans against Mr Yadav.

In the city, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists staged protest at the Railway grounds. They accused that the Central Railway Board had denied jobs to the people of the state since the time of Independence. Mr Yadav had sent people from Bihar in a special train and they were being preferred by the officials under 'instructions' from the higher ups, they charged.

Recruitment is underway for filing 1.3 lakh posts of 'D' group workers across the country and the recruitment process would continue until February 20.

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