The authorities in Bihar on Thursday registered an FIR against Khan Sir, a popular YouTuber, and five teachers for inciting violence over the controversy surrounding the results of tests conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board for the Non-Technical Popular Categories (RRB NTPC) after violent protests in Patna.
“Khan Sir”, the man in question, is based in Patna and provides coaching for competitive examinations to aspirants. He has been accused of inciting violence during the violent protests by aspirants in Patna on Monday.
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Khan Sir has never revealed his real name. Earlier, some people claimed on social media that his name was Amit Singh. However, some also claimed that his name was Faisal Khan and he was a resident of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
When asked to clarify, Khan Sir said the coaching institute in which he was teaching had asked him to not reveal his real name or share his personal number. He said some students started addressing him as Khan Sir. “When the time comes, everyone will know (my real name),” he said.
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Zee News reported that the FIR against Khan and five others has been registered at Patrakaar Nagar police station under several sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The FIR states it is evident that “agitating students along with coaching institute owners plotted a conspiracy to carry out large-scale violence in Patna to threaten law and order”.
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The job aspirants had blocked the New Delhi-Kolkata main railway tracks and some others protested in Bihar’s Arrah and Sharif Railway station. Hundreds of angry protesters also allegedly set ablaze a train in Bihar’s Arrah.
The Railways suspended its NTPC and Level 1 exams on Wednesday. With hundreds of candidates going on a rampage in some states alleging irregularities in the process, Union Rail Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw urged them not to destroy public property and assured redressal of their grievances.
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The suspension of exams and the statement by the minister are being seen in certain quarters as a step down from the earlier decision to bar applicants found indulging in vandalism given that elections are due in five states, including the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.