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MP police recruits' caste marked on chest, home minister orders probe

MP police aspirants marked as 'SC' on chest, Congress slams

Yes, the newly recruitment for Police Constable has been conducted with a mark of castes (SC, ST and OBC) on the chests of the candidates during a medical examination at a government hospital.

"The incident where candidates' chests were labelled with their castes is indeed deplorable".

The police have ordered a probe in the case. Union minister Ramdas Athawale said, "Writing the caste on the chest of candidates is wrong and I will write to the CM".

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. The video has sparked an outrage with questions emerging on the recruitment process and the means to used to differentiate them from each other.

Speaking to News World India, Deputy Superintendent of Police Ram Tilak Malviya said that he was leading the inquiry to ascertain who took the decision to write the castes of the candidates on their chests and the reason for the same. The district's SP has said that there is no ill-feeling or malice in this decision by the police. Elections to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly are due later this year.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati alleged that the "criminal act" was the latest example of the BJP government's "newfound love" for Dalits.

Several political leaders also condemned this incident and criticised the government.

Mayawati demanded that the officials responsible for the incident be punished while the Centre needed to issue strict orders to check recurrence of such incidents anywhere in the country.

"The BJP needs to realise that besides self-respect, Dalits are also vigilant towards their interests and will never fall into the trap of anyone's allurements", she said.

Candidates appearing for the post of Police Constable in MP were marked their caste with sketch pens on their chests as they queued up for their medical examination. "The PMO should probe the incident", she added.