Hanumangarh: In yet another incident of forced to remove the articles of Sikh faith, Sikh candidates, aspirant of joining Rajasthan Administrative Services, were reportedly forced to remove their Kakaars namely Kirpan & Karhaa in the preliminary exam of RAS held on August 5.
As per Sikh24 report, the incident took place at an examination center established in the Saraswati Public School of Hanumangarh by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission.
Raged over the incident, the Rajasthan resident Sikhs spearheaded by significant Sikh personality S. Tejinder Pal Singh Timma today staged a protest at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Hanumangarh.
Meanwhile, S. Tejinder Pal Singh Timma has appealed the Rajasthan resident Sikhs to remain vigilant and make prior arrangements to tackle such radical attacks on the Sikh candidates at examination centers in future.
Timma said that the Deputy Commissioner of Hanumangarh initially tried to justify the removal of Sikh Kakaars at examination centers by claiming that it was in accordance with the guidelines prescribed for examination. “But when we presented the booklets specifying rules regarding entry of aspirants into the examination centers, the Deputy Commissioner admitted that the officials at examination center have committed a mistake” he added.
He further said that the Deputy Commissioner has promised them that such an incident will not occur in future. He added that the DC has also accepted their demand regarding the suspension of guilty staff members and a Departmental enquiry against them.
“This is the third incident in which the Sikh candidates have been forced to remove Kakaars at examination centers in Rajasthan. Before it, the Sikh candidates were also asked to remove their Kakaars in the RCS exam and an examination held for the recruitment of constables in Rajasthan police respectively” Timma said.
He further said that it was very unfortunate that the descendants of the Sikh community are being subjected to religious discrimination by those who are existing today due to the sacrifices made by the great Sikh masters.