Job seekers agitate outside West Bengal Police HQ demanding
The West Bengal Police on Monday resorted to lathi-charge to disperse hundreds of job seekers who staged a sit-in demonstration outside the state police headquarters at Bhabani Bhavan in south Kolkata's Alipore area and blocked roads in front of the office demanding immediate recruitment in the force.
At least 30 protesters were detained as police chased down the demonstrators who were blocking the Belvedere Road which affected traffic movement, a senior officer said.
Senior police officers including Deputy Commissioner (South) Akash Magharia rushed to the spot and assured the demonstrators to look into their demand and refer the matter to the authorities concerned.
Five representatives of the protesters went inside Bhabani Bhavan where senior police officers assured them that their demands will be looked into, he said.
''However, they demanded a written assurance from the police which we cannot provide. We requested them to call off the stir but they did not agree. So, we had to resort to lathi-charge to clear this stretch of the road,'' the officer told PTI.
Atanu Pal, a job seeker who had come from Kharagpur, said, ''We know that there are several vacancies in the police.
We want immediate employment in the force. We appeal to the chief minister, who also holds the Home portfolio, to look into the matter.'' PTI SCH ACD ACD
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