MP: Candidates for cop job labelled respective castes on chest

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Terming the incident a violation of right to equality and dignity, the NHRC on Tuesday issued notices to the Madhya Pradesh government and police over candidates for the post of constable from reserved categories being stamped on their chests. Candidates from the general category were, however, not labelled.

The police have ordered a probe in the case. "By writing SC/ST on the chest of the youth of Madhya Pradesh, it has attacked the Constitution", he said in a tweet.

His tweet further reads this is the mindset of BJP/RSS which saw pitchers hung on Dalits' necks, brooms tied to their body and their entry denied to temples and we have to defeat this mindset.

Criteria for clearing the medical examination, such as height and chest measurements, vary for different categories of candidates.

"However, they should have used other ways to differentiate them".

"It is a serious matter and we have ordered investigation", Superintendent of Police Birendra Singh said.

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The Congress attacked the Madhya Pradesh government, ruled by the BJP, over the incident.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati fired fresh salvo at the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) claiming that the Party could go to any extent for vote politics.

He stated that no instructions were given to examiners for mentioning the caste of the candidates and assured that action would be taken against those found guilty, according to a Hindustan Times report.

"Does it suit the BJP and company, and the prime minister himself, to remain silent, (and) not to condemn such a casteist incident", she asked.

She demanded that the officials responsible for the incident be punished and the Centre issue orders against any recurrence anywhere. Describing the process as "insensitive", Sule said this act deserved strong condemnation.

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