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Examinees hurt in firing melee

Guwahati, Feb. 25: Two High School Leaving Certificate examinees were injured when police resorted to blank firing to disperse a mob inside an examination centre at Chirakuti Higher Secondary School in Assam’s Dhubri district around noon.

The officer-in-charge of Fakiragram police outpost, P.K Nath, said a member of the examination conduct committee of the centre, Ajibur Rahman, was caught by school principal Saidul Rahman while allegedly supplying books to some students.

Rahman, who is popular in the area, gathered hundreds of supporters near the examination centre and demanded that the principal come out immediately and all external invigilators be removed.

The examination was just over when the mob, led by Rahman, barged inside the school.

The principal ordered the two police constables present at the centre to resort to blank firing. The guards fired four rounds to disperse the mob, Nath said, adding that two students were injured in the ensuing melee.

There has been allegation of copying by students in different examination centres in the district. An officer at South Salmara police station said, “Sons of influential persons have been allotted seats with good students. We have received written complaints.”

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