At an IBPS and RRB preliminary examination center in Karnataka, students turned violent and thrashed other applicants from Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. The Kanndiga students taking the recruitment exam for probationary officer posts in regional rural banks turned violent and pelted stones at a private educational institute in Hubballi. One of them, reportedly slashed his hands too. Students from Karnataka sought priority for aspirants from Karnataka as the recruitment was being done for banks of the state.
The protest started with a few candidates gathering and later swelled as more candidates gathered.
According to a report by the New Indian Express, the agitators claimed that people from other states were stealing their jobs and threatened to go to any extent to prevent them from taking the exam. Meanwhile, the attack has given rise to resentments in AP, forcing Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to sought the interference of Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police in Karnataka. He said that the police should see that enough protection is provided to the AP students. Naidu, further added that he will take up the issue with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the Union Ministers if necessary.
Meanwhile, the TDP coordination committee discussed the matter at a meeting held at the Secretariat in Velagapudi earlier in the day. Deputy chief minister Nimmakayala Chinarajappa said, "It is cruel to attack students who were there to take examinations. The examinations should be held once again for them. We'll approach the Centre if necessary." YSRC chief Jagan Mohan Reddy appealed to the Karnataka Chief Minister to ensure the safety of the Telugu students.