Ruckus at Employment Exchange, official beaten up

March 16th, 2012 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, March 16 (IANS) Angry at the delay in getting employment registration forms, a crowd of young men and women created a ruckus outside the Employment Exchange in Ghaziabad and also roughed up an employee, officials said Friday.

The incident took place around 1.30 p.m. at the Collectorate in Ghaziabad, bordering Delhi, when the crowd suddenly lost cool. They gatecrashed the Employment Office and began to beat up Arshad Ali, the employment officer.

Officials said on the condition of anonymity that members of Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party were also involved.

There were various accounts of what happened.

While some in the crowd maintained that Ali asked for Rs.10 per form, officials told IANS that he had only said that registration was possible after valid identity and address proofs were submitted.

The irate group then barged into the office and heckled the unsuspecting officer, who locked himself in a room, officials said.

A police spokesperson did not elaborate on the involvement of the Samajwadi Party workers and told IANS taht he was “not in a position” to say anything on the matter.

Ghaziabad police chief Raghubeer Lal could not be contacted as he was trying to pacify the irate mob.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, sworn in Thursday, has been making fervent appeals to the party cadres not to indulge in any form of hooliganism.

This did not appear to have the desired effect with party supporters Thursday breaking the stage after the swearing in.

Unruly crowds broke flower pots, the table and chair used by Governor B.L. Joshi and ransacked the marquee where the event was held.

The party’s biggest election sop - Rs.1,000 a month to every unemployed person till age 35 - has turned out to be a nightmare for law enforcing agencies with long queues outside Employment Exchanges across the state.

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