Tripura State Rifles recruitment: Rejected candidates stage protest

Protests that began on Tuesday in Tripura after the announcement of candidates selected for recruitment to various posts including riflemen in the Tripura State Rifles (TSR), continued on Wednesday as individuals whose name did not appear in the list of selected ones attacked the BJP offices in different parts of the state.

A large number of rejected candidates attacked party offices of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state’s different districts on Tuesday and Wednesday, apart from holding agitation in various districts and sub-divisions.

The angry candidates ransacked BJP party offices and engaged in squabbles against the local leaders in several places of Gomati and South Tripura districts for not getting selected in the TSR jobs.

The agitated candidates including women threatened to file cases in the Tripura High Court.

A BJP legislator from northern Tripura had openly expressed his anger on the social media over the selection list. However, on Wednesday the legislator withdrew his post on Facebook.

A senior police officer said the Tripura police headquarters on Monday published the names of the 1,443 selected candidates including 138 women to the post of Riflemen and Riflemen (tradesmen) to raise two new battalions of TSR under the Indian Reserve (IR) battalion category. Of the 1,443 selected candidates, 357 are from different states of the country.

Tripura currently has 12 battalions of TSR.

Following the request of the Union Home Ministry, one battalion was deployed in Delhi and another battalion posted under Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, while another battalion would soon be deployed under South Eastern Coal Fields Limited in Chhattisgarh.

Trained in counter-insurgency operations, the TSR was raised in March 1984 to deal with terrorism.

Seventy-five per cent of its personnel are from Tripura, while the remaining are from across the country. Of the 12 TSR battalions, nine are IR battalions that can be deployed anywhere in the country as and when the Union Home Ministry desires.

The Union Home Ministry has earlier sanctioned two more IR battalions of the TSR and the Tripura government has started the process to recruit personnel for the two fresh TSR battalions sanctioned.

Besides providing security during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, the IR battalions of TSR had earlier performed election duties in more than 16 states including Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Jharkhand, Haryana and to the northeastern states, to provide security during the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

The TSR has also demonstrated an excellent performance in Tripura in taming the terrorism.




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