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NSUI activists disrupt B.Com exam

Staff Correspondent

They allege that mass copying was allowed during the exam


Four NSUI activists arrested and remanded in judicial custody till July 4

No complaint has been filed on the mass copying, say police


MYSORE: Activists of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) barged into a study centre of Bangalore University in the city on Monday and seized textbooks and notes alleging that the examination authorities had distributed them among the students during the B.Com examination. This incident comes on the heels of the question papers for degree courses in the university being leaked.

Acting on a tip-off that mass copying was being allowed during the Banking Theory and Practice examination held under the Distance Education Programme of the university, the activists barged into Arya Satya Jyothi College and prevented the authorities from holding the examination.

The activists, led by district president Chetan, reportedly manhandled the principal of the college, Balakrishna, and the invigilator, Biradar.

They alleged that the students were copying from the notes and textbooks in the presence of Biradar.

According to the police, the activists took Mr. Biradar to task and thrashed him. The NSUI activists alleged that Mr. Biradar took money from the students for helping them copy.

However, Mr. Biradar said that he was just an observer and had no role in the alleged malpractice since the principal and secretary were in charge of conducting the examination.

On learning about the incident, the Devaraja police arrived on the spot and brought the situation under control. They took the textbooks and notes that were allegedly distributed at the centre.

When contacted Deputy Commissioner of Police V.S. D’Souza said that four activists of the NSUI, including Chetan, were arrested and remanded in judicial custody till July 4.

Another senior police official said that as there was no complaint on the mass copying, no action had been taken against the examiner and the principal of the college.

Based on a complaint by Mr. Biradar, four activists of the NSUI were arrested. He said that if the NSUI activists had informed the police instead of taking the law into their own hands, cases could have been booked against the examination authorities.

Denied

Special Correspondent from Bangalore writes:

Bangalore University has denied the allegations of mass copying at a study centre of the university in Mysore on Monday.

According to a press statement from the Registrar, a group of 15 unauthorised people barged into the examination hall without obtaining permission from the authorities concerned and manhandled a principal of the institute and the invigilator, Biradar. “These persons forced Biradar to hold the answer book and pose for a camera being held by a private television channel. After this, the invigilator and the supervisor lodged a complaint with the police” the statement said. Based on the complaint, four persons were arrested.

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