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NSF to stage protest rally
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Mar. 2009 1:17 AM IST
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On the issue of the NPSC answer script swapping scam, the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has decided to stage a protest rally on March 20 to register dissatisfaction over the ongoing process of investigation. The rally would be held at the Old MLA hostel junction starting from 10.30 am. NSF President Imchatoba Imchen informed this while addressing a press conference in the NSF office here, Wednesday. The NSF has requested all schools in and around Kohima to send students from class eight and above including all the college students, post graduate students and all the presidents of the federating units and subordinate bodies to take part in the protest rally. The NSF will also hold a presidential council meeting of all federating units and subordinate bodies, after the protest rally to decide on the future course of action. “We’re not satisfied with the ongoing process of investigations, we want the government to thoroughly uproot all corrupt elements and system from the commission for once and all,” said Imchatoba. He said there was no hope for the younger generation under such circumstances as it discouraged competitive spirit among many youth. He also pointed out that since May 2005, the NSF has been fighting against the corrupt system within the NPSC. Imchatoba rued about the height of corruption and continuance of such people in the commission. General Secretary, Hetoi Chishi said the NSF wanted to deal with the NPSC issue in an impartial manner. He said the NSF felt that both the investigating agencies (Police) and the judiciary have not come out with concrete outcome of the probe. Similarly, NSF Vice President Charles Lotha said that the Federation wanted the government to ensure a thorough probe without any interference from any angle. Stating that it was aware of the reported threat to the commission members and also the investigating agency, the NSF asserted it would neither pay any heed or be cowed down by any such threat but vowed to back the investigation till justice was meted. On the alleged involvement of a Parliamentary Secretary the NSF reiterated that the former should resign owning moral responsibility since his two sons were involved. However the NSF clarified that it had so far not demanded the resignation. The NSF said it was conveying the message not only to the Parliamentary Secretary but also the parents of all the other candidates involved in the answer script swap scam. Meanwhile, all the 11 NPSC candidates arrested in connection with the scam have been granted bail by a lower court on Monday.

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