Class-XI question paper leak culprit arrested

Correspondent IMPHAL, Feb 23 | Publish Date: 2/23/2020 12:23:34 PM IST

CID(CB) of Manipur police have arrested the alleged main accused in the Class-XI exam 2020 question paper leak case, amid the demand for stern punishment to culprits involved in the case.

The accused Moirangthem Sunderchand  (33) son of M Chaoba of Kiyamgei Mamang Leikai of Imphal, is a management staff of Dineshwori Higher Secondary School Canchipur, police said on Sunday. He was arrested by a team of cyber crime police station (CCPS) of the CID(CB) from his house on Saturday evening, the police said. The CCPS has been investigating the question paper leak scam after registering a case based on a written complaint lodged by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (COHSEM) and during the investigation Moirangthem Sunderchand was arrested, the police said.

COHSEM had cancelled the Class-XI exam which commenced from February 17 and due to end on March 26 after question papers for five subjects were leaked through social media, before the scheduled exam dates. While cancelling further conduct of the exams on February 20, COHSEM alleged that question papers for Manipuri (MIL), Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology were circulated widely on WhatsApp.

While confirming the arrest of the main accused, a police source said that all other possible angles were being actively pursued to identify and arrest any other persons involved in the leak of Class-XI exam question papers. Apart from the five subjects, the CCPS strongly suspect that English question paper may have also been leaked.

Meanwhile, demand for befitting action against those involved in the question paper leak continued to grow. Joining the chorus pressing the authority of the Manipur government to book the culprit(s) involved in the case, Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) today demanded life imprisonment for the culprits.

Demanding  stern punishment, the two student bodies alleged that it was a big crime committed against the student community and government must not leave the culprits without awarding them befitting punishment.

Addressing reporters at a joint press conference today, DESAM vice president Shital Oinam expressed concerned over the increasing cases of question paper leak in the state in the last few years.

Such repeated incidents have demoralised students appearing exams conducted by various boards and councils in the state, he alleged.

He demanded that state legislators must discuss the issue in the house of the ongoing budget session of the state Assembly to explore a stern punishment that can be awarded to culprits involved in question papers leak.

Mention may be made that COHSEM officials had already suspected that the question papers were leaked from the custody of the school authorities as the question papers set by the council were distributed to OCs/principals of the respective schools where exams were conducted ahead of the scheduled exam.

In its effort to find the origin of the question paper leakage, COHSEM has served notices to the school authorities to return the question papers in their original forms as collected from the council by February 24.

Taking serious note, state education (school) department has also constituted a three-member committee to enquire into the question paper leak. The committee is headed by the director of education (schools).

The question paper leakage scam had also rocked the house of the ongoing Manipur Legislative Assembly when opposition members took up the matter, alleging delay in booking the culprit(s).


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