HSLC Paper Leak: CM Himanta Directs SEBA to Cancel Assamese Paper

Assam HSLC Paper Leak SEBA to Cancel Assamese Paper on CM’s Direction

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The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) will reschedule the Assamese paper of the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) exam 2023 which was earlier scheduled for March 18, 2023. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has directed the board authorities to cancel the exam after it was revealed during police investigation that the Assamese paper is also leaked prior to the exam.

This is the second time SEBA has to cancel HSLC exam this year. Earlier, the General Science paper, which was held on March 13, 2023, was also canceled due to a similar reason.

The CID of Assam police has registered a criminal case and launched an investigation into the paper leak cases. So far, 25 people have been arrested, including teachers, students, and a driver. Among them, 12 are minors who have been sent to juvenile homes.

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The CID has also detained several students from various parts of Assam and brought them to its headquarters in Guwahati for questioning. Some employees of SEBA are also under the scanner of the CID.

The mastermind behind the paper leak racket has been identified as one Raju Das from Dibrugarh district. He allegedly procured the question papers from some sources in SEBA and circulated them through WhatsApp groups.

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Ronuj Pegu Education Minister addressing media after Finance Minister Ajanta Neog presented Assam Budget 2023-24, in the Budget Session of Assam Legislative Assembly (ALA) in Guwahati on 16-03-23.Pix by UB Photos

The CID has seized several mobile phones and documents from the accused and is trying to unearth the network of people involved in the conspiracy.

Education Minister Ranoj Pegu has expressed his regret over the incidents and appealed to all those with credible information or evidence to submit it to the CID. He has also assured that the government will take all steps to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is personally monitoring the inquiry and has promised stringent action against the culprits.

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