Aptech Controversy: Political Class Reacts

SRINAGAR: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Wednesday came out in support of the protesting JKSSB aspirants and condemned the use of excessive force against them.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Omar Abdullah wrote, “I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the use of force & lathi charge against students & JKSSRB aspirants. These youngsters were exercising their democratic right to protest against the recent decision to engage a blacklisted firm #Aptech by JKSSRB.”

“What is the point of black listing a company if they are going to be awarded plum contracts. This contract is even more dangerous because it puts at risk the future of scores of aspirants who rely on JKSSB to conduct recruitment exams,” Omar said.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the foundation day event of Apni Party at Sanat Nagar, President of the party, Altaf Bukhari urged LG Administration to intervene and take immediate action the infamous agencies involved in various scams on Jammu and Kashmir.

“I request LG Sinha to look into the concerns of protesting aspirants on the occasion of holi and fill their lives with colour and scrap the contract with the infamous Aptech immediately,” Bukhari said.

PDP Chief, Mehbooba Mufti while taking a dig at CBI, expressed her astonishment over CBI’s message asking people not to pay any bribe to government employees.

“Amusing to receive a message from CBI to report bribes. A blacklisted company like APTECH is given contracts repeatedly to wreak the future of JK youth. Hope CBI takes note of the APTECH recruitment scam. Lets see how many heads roll.” Mehbooba wrote on her Twitter handle.

Notably, scores of JKSSB aspirants assembled at Press Enclave to register their protest against the purported grant of contract to APTECH Ltd. to conduct various exams in Jammu and Kashmir.


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