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Constable candidate dies during test


SUDHEENDRA PANDA | Bhubaneswar, October 21, 2011 19:20
Tags : Sheik Imdad Ali | Kurang Sasan village | Cuttack | NALCO | Commissioner of Police BK Sarma | Red Cross |

The physical test for the post of a police constable resulted in tragedy when Sheik Imdad Ali lost his life in trying to clear it at the campus of the 7th Police Battalion. The tragedy prompted some among the rest of the hopefuls, almost 500 in number, to go on a rampage. Police had to lathicharge to bring the situation under control.

The 26 year old resident of Kurang Sasan village in the Cuttack district collapsed in the middle of the 1600 meter sprint, complaining of severe chest pains. The doctor present at the scene examined him and he was rushed to the Capital Hospital with dangerously low blood pressure. He was declared dead by the hospital later.

Even before the incident, there had been complaints of mismanagement and high-handedness of the authorities. Given the large number of applicants, the test had to be conducted through out the day. The basic amenities present were either not available or not enough for the more than 5000 people who had gathered for a vacancy of 407 candidates.

The crowd, as it is was agitated and frustrated. The fall of their comrade was like a spark toa pile of gunpowder. The agitated crowd demonstrated violently, blocking the road adjacent to NALCO crossings. Considerable vandalism and destruction of public property took place following which the police had to step in.

ACP Rekha Lohani who was in charge of physical test however denied any accusation of mismanagement. He stressed that there were no rregularities and the tests were conducted in a proper manner and before the tests medical check –up was done and all the candidates were absolutely fit for the tests.  Why and how this particular candidate died it can be asserted after the post mortem, he added.

In the meanwhile, Commissioner of Police BK Sarma expressed his profound grief and arranged for a  monetary help of Rs.10,000 from Red Cross. He told that his two brothers are also in police service and that he has all the sympathy for the family.

The fresh incident does not bode well for the department which has already been struggling with the accusations of malpractice, bribery and corruption in the test for the posts of constables.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017