22 detained in connection to SEBA question board paper leak case: Assam DGP

Guwahati: All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) held demonstrations on Monday, seeking immediate arrest of SEBA’s controller of examination

BY | Tuesday, 14 March, 2023

22 persons have been detained by Assam Police in connection to Secondary Education Board, Assam (SEBA) question paper leak, the Director General Of Police, Assam, GP Singh, IPS informed on Tuesday.

Following reports of the question paper been leaked, SEBA had on Sunday night cancelled the Class 10 General Science examination, which was scheduled to be held on Monday. The Board has since revised the exam date to 30 March.

The persons detained are from Guwahati, North Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sadiya, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia, the DGP stated while adding “lawful action as mandated by law is being taken against them.”

Singh further asserted on Twitter, “We remain committed to unearth the network of people involved in leakage of the question paper and the conspirators.”

Assam Education Minister, Ranoj Pegu, on Monday said that a police case had been filed and that CID has been ordered to investigate the matter.

Meanwhile, student bodies, youth organisations and political parties staged protests across Assam on Monday over the matter.

Effigies of the state education minister and the chairman of SEBA were burnt by multiple organisations during the day.

The agitators also gheraoed the office of SEBA here, demanding action against the erring personnel.

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Upset for the leak, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) held demonstrations, seeking immediate arrest of SEBA’s controller of examination, Nayan Jyoti Sharma.

AASU members set fire to effigies of Pegu and SEBA chairman RC Jain at different places.

Its general secretary, Sankarjyoti Baruah, said, “This incident once again proves that SEBA is inefficient. There is a need to reconstruct the board. We also want a CBI inquiry to get to the root of the matter.”

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Members of Students’ Federation of India and Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti also staged separate protests outside SEBA office here.

The Democratic Youth Federation of India, in a press statement, claimed that Pegu must resign over the “lapse” and punitive action should be initiated against the SEBA chairman.

They also questioned the silence of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over the fiasco.

Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) president Lurinjyoti Gogoi sought the resignation of the chief minister and the education minister, asking them to own moral responsibility for the matter.

Members of the Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party also agitated separately in front of the SEBA office, stressing that fixing of responsibility for the leak was necessary.

(With inputs from PTI)

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