VIOLENCE MARS MANIPUR HIGH SCHOOL EXAMINATION 

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By FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT in Imphal
  • Published 29.03.00
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Imphal, March 29 :     The first day of the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination in Manipur today was marred by violence. A student was killed and another injured in clashes between the police and students. The victims were allegedly trying supply "notes" for "copying" to examinees inside the hall. Twenty-three-year-old N. Premkumar, a student of Mayai Lambi College, had come to Myangimphal Bengun High School to help out his relative who was appearing for the examination. But he was spotted by the police while supplying "notes" for the Science Part-I paper in the afternoon. The police chased him and Premkumar fell into a pond while escaping. He was fished out and allegedly beaten up by the policemen. After some time, the youth collapsed and died. The exact cause of his death could not be ascertained. Activists of the Meira Paibis (women's organisation) have demanded action against the police. Another student was shot by militants after he was found supplying "material for copying" in Bishenpur district. Twenty-year old M. Bhubonsana was caught red-handed by some militants while supplying "notes" to one of his friends at the T. G. English School. He was taken by the militants to a nearby area and shot in the leg as "punishment." Bhubonsana was rushed to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) hospital and was stated to be out of danger. An underground outfit, Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (Oken group) recently warned of stringent action against those supplying material for cheating during the school leaving examination. The KYKL (Oken group) even announced a "public curfew" within 500 meters of all examination centres. A special task force was constituted by the outfit to tackle the "copying" menace. The outfit has asked the students not to threaten invigilators and officials and warned that the outfit might even award death penalty to those who encouraged unfair means during examination. It has asked the teachers to prevent students from using unfair means in the examination. It was, however, not known whether the KYKL (Oken group) was involved in today's shooting incident at Bishenpur. Altogether 35,855 students are appearing in the school leaving examination this year. The examination which started today will continue till April 8. There are 92 examination centres all over the state. Of the 35,855 students, 26,633 are from the general category, 8,182 tribals and 1,040 from the Scheduled Caste category.