Candidates who appeared for test for jobs in Tripura State Rifles (TSR), have staged massive protest in Tripura alleging anomalies in recruitment test.

The candidates whose name did not appear in the list of selected ones attacked the BJP offices in different parts of the state.

A large number of rejected candidates attacked party offices of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state’s different districts on Tuesday and Wednesday, apart from holding agitation in various districts and sub-divisions.

The angry candidates ransacked BJP party offices and engaged in squabbles against the local leaders in several places of Gomati and South Tripura districts for not getting selected in the TSR jobs.

The agitated candidates including women threatened to file cases in the Tripura High Court.

A BJP legislator from northern Tripura had openly expressed his anger on the social media over the selection list.

However, on Wednesday the legislator withdrew his post on Facebook.

A senior police officer said the Tripura police headquarters on Monday published the names of the 1,443 selected candidates including 138 women to the post of Riflemen and Riflemen (tradesmen) to raise two new battalions of TSR under the Indian Reserve (IR) battalion category.

Of the 1,443 selected candidates, 357 are from different states of the country.

Tripura currently has 12 battalions of TSR. Trained in counter-insurgency operations, the TSR was raised in March 1984 to deal with terrorism.

Seventy-five per cent of its personnel are from Tripura, while the remaining are from across the country.

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