A group of candidates stopped from appearing for an examination clashed with police on Friday in Kathmandu’s Lalitpur town, resulting in the death of two Nepali youths. Police gave this information. According to police, some candidates were protesting against being prevented from appearing in an examination for jobs in South Korea’s manufacturing sector, in which the incident took place after police intervention. Police said the protesters had recently failed in an examination conducted under Nepal’s Employment Permit System (EPS) examination for jobs in the shipbuilding sector in South Korea, after which they were asked to appear in other categories of the EPS examination. Permission was not given.
Chaos over appearing in exams
Nepal Police spokesperson Kuber Kadayat said that hundreds of disgruntled youth demonstrated in Gwarko area of Lalitpur demanding permission to sit for the examination for jobs in South Korea’s manufacturing sector. He said that the agitators also clashed with the police, in which two youths died. According to police, the situation worsened when protesters set fire to the official vehicle of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Minister Prakash Jwala. The spokesperson said police used tear gas, live bullets and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.
Stone pelting on security personnel
The protesters pelted stones at the security personnel, resulting in minor injuries to half a dozen policemen and a protestor. He said that it is not clear whether the two youths died due to bullet injuries or not. Meanwhile, the Patan High Court issued an interim order directing the government to allow all applicants to sit for all categories of the EPS exam. The court directed the concerned government bodies not to stop any candidate wishing to participate in the EPS examination from filling the application form. This decision of the court will allow all those 28 thousand youth who had failed in the shipbuilding examination to participate in the EPS examination.
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