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Mr PM, Time For Pariksha Pe Charcha With ABVP Thug?

India's exam warriors are now fighting on the streets

“During exams, sleeping is vital but more important is quality sleep.” These are the famous words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He uttered them at New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium on Feb 16 as part of a talk, titled Pariksha Pe Charcha, to help students of Class 10 and 12 cope with the stress of board exams.

As it turns out, the one caught in the deepest sleep during the board exams was the government itself.

As the Central Board of Secondary Education gets ready to hold a re-examination of the Class 12 Economics paper (April 25) and the Class 10 Mathematics paper (in July) in the wake of the paper leak scandal that surfaced earlier this week, parents and students have hit the streets in different parts of the country protesting against such a move.

What’s damning for the government is the fact that one of the 12 persons arrested from Bihar and Jharkhand is an ABVP leader. ABVP or Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, if you are not aware, is the student’s wing of Prime Minister Modi’s very own BJP.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, the SP of Jharkhand’s Chatra district, Akhilesh B Variar, said the leaked question paper came to his district from Patna through WhatsApp. Twelve people have been arrested, the SP said, including the ABVP leader who happens to own a coaching centre in the district. Also among the arrested are nine minor students who have now been sent to a remand home in Hazaribagh.

The ABVP district coordinator, Satish Kumar Pandey, was running the coaching institute, named ‘Study Vision’, in partnership with one Pankaj Kumar Singh .

According to the police, Pandey charged money from students for the leaked questions and sent the March 28 question paper to students on WhatsApp a day before on March 27 itself.

Pandey and his “accomplice” Pankaj Kumar Singh are said to have links with “education mafias” in Delhi and are now being interrogated by the police.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Crime Branch has said it has identified 10 WhatsApp groups, used by students as well as teachers, that may be linked to the crime. A Special Investigation Team has also been formed to ascertain the source of the leak.

Amid the outburst following the leaks of classes 10 and 12 exam papers, students and parents held protests in different parts of the country. Two FIRs were filed on the complaint of a CBSE regional director who claimed that the CBSE chairman had received an email containing photos of the handwritten question set of class X a day prior to the examination day.

The Class 12 Economics and the Class 10 Mathematics examinations were held on March 26 and March 28 respectively.

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