Banking exam for recruitment of probationary officers took an ugly turn when a protester slit his forearm against for allowing outsiders to write the exam at various districts in the state.

The protesters sought priority for Karnataka aspirants in the exam. They were of the opinion that allowing candidates from other states to write exam would deprive them of opportunities in the banking sector.

The exam was being conducted by the Indian Banking Profession Selection (IBPS) to recruruit probationary officers in regional rural banks. In fact, the exam was open to candidates from across the country. It is reported that aspirants from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were in more number which irked the Karnataka candidates. The protesters pelted stones and raised slogans against the banking authorities. Some of them even tore their halltickets and one of the protester cut his forearm to register his protest in Hubballi. He has been shifted to the hospital. The protests were witnessed at Bengaluru, Davangere, Yadgir and Hubballi. As the protest went out of control, the police caned the protesters to disperse them.

However, outsiders have not taken kind to the protest by Karnataka aspirants that deprived them off an opportunity. Many have taken to the twitter to express their anger over the protest.