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BJP protest bends rule

An eight-hour gherao by BJP supporters on Wednesday forced Golmuri-based R.D. Tata Technical Education Centre principal K.V. Nair to allow a student, who was barred from appearing for her second semester exams on grounds of low attendance, to take her tests.

Around 50 protesters, led by district party president Raj Kumar Srivastava, gheraoed Nair at his chamber. Party supporters claimed that first-year electronic diploma student Rajwinder Kaur missed classes as she was admitted to hospital for dehydration.

Later, Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan arrived and spoke to the student’s parents and authorities of the cradle.

“Since it was a law and order question, we had to heed the SDO’s suggestion and allow the student to appear for the examination. As for the papers she missed, she will take supplementary tests. But, she will have to provide medical reports excusing her absence before she appears for the exams,” said Nair.

Rajwinder missed the English and maths tests. She will appear for the analog electronic paper on Thursday.

Srivastava said the girl’s father Shravan Singh, a Tata Steel employee, had approached senior BJP leader Amarjit Singh Kale after his daughter was barred from sitting for the exam on the grounds of her low attendance.

“We decided to take up the matter as it was unfair for the bright student. The girl was undergoing treatment at Tata Main Hospital for dehydration. Though she had been ill, the cradle refused to let her appear for the semester exams because she did not have 90 per cent attendance,” said Srivastava.

Sidhgora resident Shravan Singh said her daughter’s attendance percentage fell because she was be hospitalised for dehydration after participating in physical exercises that were part of the institute’s curriculum. Rajwinder was at hospital for10 days and was released on May 22, he added.

“My daughter’s attendance was around 75 per cent. But, principal K.V. Nair was adamant about not allowing her to sit for the second semester exam that started on Tuesday. He was not willing to consider medical reports of my daughter. Finally, I approached BJP leaders and asked them to intervene,” said Singh.