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Invigilator ‘assault’ & clash after exam

Balurghat, June 27: Second year BA examinees from a North Dinajpur college allegedly assaulted invigilators and hurled stones at them after four students were “expelled” today for copying at the exam centre at Buniadpur College here.

The examinees from Kaliaganj College in North Dinajpur allegedly tried to snatch answersheets from an invigilator after the elective English/Bengali exams around 1pm. Buniadpur College students tried to intervene and a clash followed. Later, 200-odd Kaliaganj students blocked the Balurghat-Raiganj state highway for over an hour demanding that the invigilation shouldn’t be so strict. Five students have been detained for blocking the highway.

In the past three days, over 40 examinees from Kaliaganj College who are writing BA (general) first and second year exams at Buniadpur, 55km from here, were “expelled” for copying. On June 25, 29 students were “expelled”, the next day 13 were caught and today, four were found cheating.

The BA (general) first and second year exams under Gour Banga University began on June 23. It would go on till July 28. Around 400 students are taking the exam at Buniadpur.

After the elective exams today, few second year students allegedly tried to snatch answerscripts from a teacher.

“They assaulted invigilators and hurled stones at them. Students of Buniadpur College, including ex-students and union members, intervened which led to a clash. First year students of Kaliaganj who had reached the centre for their Political Science test in the second half also joined in. The examinees blocked the highway alleging torture by students of Buniadpur,” said a source.

Buniadpur College principal Jeetesh Chaki said: “After four examinees were expelled today, some students tried to snatch papers from an invigilator. They hurled stones and used abusive language. They threw stones at me also.”

The examinees alleged that police lathicharged them to lift the blockade. The students allegedly damaged a police vehicle.

Gangarampur subdivisonal police officer Swapan Bandyopadhya said: “We did not lathicharge.”