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Students lock up office

Imphal, Nov. 12: A joint team of the All Manipur Students Union and the Democratic Students Alliance, Manipur today locked the rooms of three senior officials of the Board of Secondary Education, accusing it of committing irregularities in the matriculation (old course) examination.

A group of about 10 students locked the rooms of the chairman of the board, W. Ibempishak Devi, secretary L. Rajmohan Singh and controller of examination Matum Singh at 11.45am.

Police, however, broke open the locks and allowed the officials to enter and work as usual.

The officials were present when the students stormed the board office located very close to the police headquarters. The students requested them to come out of their respective offices and then locked the doors.

Security around the board office was tightened after the incident.

The two student bodies were demanding action against the three officials, alleging that they had committed irregularities in the recently concluded matric examinations.

More than 10,000 students appeared in the examination from July 14 to 19 this year. The results were declared last month.

The two student bodies alleged that the board allowed nearly 3,000 candidates with fake documents to appear for the examination.

“Before and after the examinations, we told the board officials about the irregularities of many of the candidates’ documents submitted during the filling up of the forms. However, the board did not take any action. They even declared the results,” Y. Ratankumar, secretary general of the students alliance, said.

The two student bodies had demanded, during a media conference on October 23, that action be taken against the three officials for covering up the irregularities.

“As the government remains inactive, we decided to lock up the offices. We do not want the officials to continue in the board as these irregularities are coming in the way of quality education,” T. Premananda, secretary general of the All Manipur Students Union, said.

There was no official reaction from the board to today’s developments or the charges levelled by the student bodies. The police said they broke the locks at 2pm to allow the officials to function. No one was arrested.

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