Jajpur, Dec 20:
Several unemployed youth were injured when police resorted to lathi-charge at the Vyasanagar stadium where a Nijukti Mela was held on Thursday morning.
According to reports, about 10,000 unemployed youth from Korei, Danagadi, Rasulpur, Sukinda, Dharmasala and Vyasanagar blocks had arrived at the Nijukti Mela at Vyasanagar stadium here in the morning hours to register their names at the various emolument stalls put up by some industrial units of Kalinga Nagar.
However, to their dismay, the job aspirants found that of the 40 industrial units in the district, only seven including Tata Steel, Visa Steel, Mesco Steel and Neelachal Ispal Nigam Ltd (NINL) had opened their stalls.
Trouble started when the representatives of the seven companies set a condition that candidates who do not have 2-7 years of job experience need not register their names.
This triggered heated arguments between the company representatives and the candidates most of whom had never had the privilege of being employed anywhere.
The incident later took a violent turn as the aspiring candidates after failing to register their names, ran amok and ransacked the stalls.
Some of the irate youths later went to the podium and gheraoed district collector Anil Kumar Samal and other senior district officials.
Apprehending more trouble, the company representatives fled the Mela venue by jumping the wall of the stadium.
As the situation went out of control, police resorted to lathi-charge in which over hundreds of youths were injured.
While the police rescued the district collector, the Mela was immediately called off.
Talking to OST later, the district collector Samal said that despite the unruly situation, 1300 unemployed youth have been registered for appointment.