Ambala, May 1

Two amritdhari (batptised) Sikh candidates were told to remove their articles of faith before entering the examination centre at polytechnic institute here today.

The candidates, wearing kirpan (small sword) and kada (steel bangle), were to appear in the examination for recruitment to the post of patwari.When the candidates reached the examination centre this morning, examiner stopped Karamvir Singh and Sukhvinder Singh and asked them to remove their kada and kirpan before entering the examination hall.

The candidates informed their parents. On getting information, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Harpal Singh Pali, senior Akali Dal leaders Sukhdev Singh Gobindergarh, Randhir Singh Fauji, Gucharan Singh Bliss, Manjeet Singh and Surender Singh reached the centre and protested against the attitude of examiner.

Meanwhile, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Shakti Singh also reached there and intervention of the SDM, the candidates were allowed to appear for the test. The Sikh leaders demanded strict action against the official. The SDM said that he had reported the matter to the Secretary, Haryana Staff Selection Commission, for necessary action.

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