Protest in Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode demanding army recruitment exams

Thiruvananthapuram: The youth of the state held a protest march in Thiruvananthapuram demanding Common Entrance Examination (CEE) and Army Recruitment Rally to be conducted at the earliest. .

The demonstration was held in the wake of the ongoing violent protest against the Agnipath scheme in North India. It is rumoured that the union government would cancel the recruitment for the year due to the ongoing violent protests in India.

Several youth held a protest march in Thiruvananthpuram from Thambanur Railway station to Raj Bhavan. Meanwhile, a similar protest march is going on at the Mofussil Bus Stand to Railway Station in Kozhikode.

It is estimated that more than 5000 Keralites are awaiting final results after passing Medical and Physical exams in recruitment rallies. Further, the written examinations for those selected through recruitment rally held last year in Thiruvananthapuram were postponed due to several reasons. With the latest development in the Agnipath scheme, it is rumoured that the central government would likely cancel these recruitments. The candidates were protesting for the last several months, demanding written examinations in the state. They also demanded an answer on why the government is unwilling to conduct exams despite them passing every other test for various posts in the army.

The protesting youth were reportedly hailing from various parts of the southern state.

An agitating man said they would continue the strike till the Centre rolls back its decision and justice is ensured to them.

"Many of us have decided to join the army and started preparations for the examination after dropping our graduation studies midway. What will we do if the Centre goes ahead with this scheme? Our future will be in peril. So, we will continue our fight till we get justice," he said.

The youngsters undertaking training sections and preparing for army recruitment exams are taking part in the march. There are many others who wrote the exam and awaiting results.

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