emonstrators are calling for the annulment of the induction of the fresh APPSC chairperson following the APPSC Paper Leak.

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On Friday, all activity in the city of Arunachal Pradesh was halted due to a dawn-to-dusk ‘public’ strike that was held to press for the demands of the Pan Arunachal Joint Steering Committee-APPSC involving the supposed leak of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) exam paper.

At 5am, a large number of people, made up of aggrieved applicants and their families, took to the streets of the main city to protest against the upcoming inauguration of the new APPSC chairman on Friday night.

President Droupadi Murmu, who is slated to come to the northeastern state on February 20 for a two-day trip, had their posters vandalized. It is reported that some protestors were hurt in lathi charges by the police. All top law enforcement officers are working hard and the atmosphere, although tense, is said to be under control. The capital city’s commercial establishments, banks, educational facilities, government and private organizations, and vehicles have all been shut down and kept off the streets due to the strike.

The Committee is requesting that all tests administered by APPSC which had its question papers leaked be voided, the prompt capture of the previous Commission’s chairman, secretary, members, and other staff, an investigation supervised by the court and conducted by the Enforcement Directorate of the incident, and the immediate removal of state government personnel involved.

The statement also required that the hiring assessment be done in the future by the Union Public Service Commission, the three-person panel’s report regarding the AE (Civil) paper break be disclosed, the three state government employees designated under APPSC be called back, and all distressed contenders be given a recompense of Rs five lakh each.

At an emergency gathering of the government cabinet, it was determined to not proceed with the inauguration of the APPSC chairman and its members, according to IGP (Law & Order) Chuku Appa. The decision was also made to consult with all local organizations and parties involved in the issue, he stated.

The uncompromising protesters have refused to talk any further and demanded that the state government meet their demands by 3 PM. The unsatisfied applicants previously sent a letter to Governor B D Mishra protesting the selection of the new APPSC chairman and members and imploring him to not proceed with their swearing-in ceremony.

On Thursday, Mishra was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh and Lt Gen Kaiwalya Trivikram Parnaik took the oath as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Tadak Nalo, a member of the PAJSC-APPSC, declared, “This matter concerns every person living in Arunachal Pradesh. We are giving it to the people to decide on the course of action.” He also stated that the committee should not be held accountable for whatever occurred. The Arunachal Pradesh state government has asked for a CBI probe into the purported leak of the exam question paper and the CBI has commenced its investigations.

Mayank Tewari

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