The image is representational. A file photo showing arrest of Vinkal Sharma in March 2023.
Jammu had witnessed protests against selection process, questions were raised about hiring tainted firm to conduct exams.
JAMMU, Nov 5: Vinkal Sharma, an aspirant for the post of sub inspectors (SI), selections for which have been mired in controversy, was allegedly detained as the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board announced the JKSSB SI Result 2022 on November 4, 2023.
Vinkal Sharma was one of aspirants who had questioned the government for engaging a tainted agency, Aptech, to conduct written exams for various posts in government departments including that of sub-inspectors.
Prominent lawyer and a PDP leader, Aditya Gupta, in a video uploaded on Facebook, said that Vinkal Sharma was illegally detained and condemned the action.
A video showing a large posse of policeman dragging him and taking him was also posted on twitter from the handle Jammu Kashmir Students. The veracity of the video could not be immediately ascertained.
It may be recalled that Vinkal Sharma was among several protestors detained earlier in March when job seekers were staging a protest demonstration against alleged corruption in the selection process.
Sharma had told the media, during the protest in March last, “Aptech is blacklisted in many states and in the last two months, it has leaked many crucial national-level exams. The JKSSB did not learn anything from its frauds and has hired it again.”
However, the government neither issued a statement regarding the alleged questions raised by the protestors. They were instead cane-charged and detained. The written test for the post of SIs was conducted from December 7 to December 20, 2022, at various exam centers across Jammu and Kashmir. The provisional answer key was issued on December 30 and the challenges were accepted till January 2, 2023.
Vinkal Sharma’s detention curiously coincides with the day of the announcement of the result.
Condemning the action, Aditya Sharma said that Vinkal Sharma was an aspirant for the post and a whistle blower who had first raised the issue about alleged corruption and discrepancies in the selection process.
“There was no response by the government. By detaining him, the government is giving the message to the public that those who raise corruption issues will be persecuted,” he said.
He added that such detentions belie the claims of normalcy and development that the government keeps making. “This is illegal and against the basic ethos of the constitution which are being violated,” Gupta said.
He said that similar actions were taken against people protesting against smart meters and toll plaza. “This shows the intention of the administration towards those raising serious questions about the actions of the government,” he added.
Gupta questioned the cyptic silence over the questions about alleged scams and bunglings and reminded that it has yet to answer the public about alleged Jal Jeevan mission scam involving Rs 13,000 crores, Jan Arogya yojna, Aptech and mining scams. Instead, it is trying to silence all the critics, he added.
“The LG administration in Jammu and Kashmir is making attempts to crush all the voices of dissent against the administration. It shows that the corrupt are shielded and those who question are arrested,” he said.
“The youth of Jammu and Kashmir will not tolerate it. They will not be cowed down by such tactics,” he further added.