Teachers' papers back in Siliguri after 'tamper' slur

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  • Published 21.01.13

Siliguri, Jan. 20: The answer scripts of the primary teachers’ recruitment exam that had been taken to Calcutta on Friday for supposed checking were brought back here today after allegations that the primary school council and the north Bengal development minister had “manipulated” them so that their candidates benefit.

The papers, in sealed covers, have been submitted to the Siliguri police station.

“I have handed over the answer scripts to the Siliguri police station. This was done to avoid any controversy and also to prove that the allegations are baseless,” said Samar Chakraborty, the district primary school council chairman.

He added that the papers were in two sealed boxes to point out that they were not tampered with.

On Friday, Darjeeling district Youth Congress and the Chhatra Parishad had demonstrated at the primary school council office here alleging that the answer sheets were sent to Calcutta through minister Deb. The demonstrators had alleged that the results might be manipulated.

The protest was withdrawn after it was learnt that Arjun Burman, a clerk of the council, had taken the answer sheets to Calcutta by the Darjeeling Mail, the same train which Deb took that night.

The exam to recruit the primary teachers was held in Siliguri on December 9 and 1,140 candidates had appeared for 171 posts, council sources said.

“The papers were taken to Calcutta for checking by the agency that had set the questions. Because of the controversy, I decided to bring back the answer sheets that were packed in two sealed boxes,” Chakraborty said. He added that the papers would be sent to Calcutta again for evaluation.

“We want the school education department to probe and confirm that no manipulation was done,” said Shankar Ghosh, the Darjeeling DYFI secretary.