NEET examiners protest in Patna, demand cancellation of exam

Patna, June 15 (UNI) Deeply frustrated over alleged paper leak and a series of controversies wrapping NEET undergraduate examination conducted for admission in various medical colleges across the country, a large number of examiners and other students protested on streets in Patna and demanded for conducting the test afresh to ensure justice to them.

A large number of NEET examiners and other students protested near Dinkar Chowk in Patna and burnt effigies of the government, demanding cancellation of test conducted on May 5 and results were declared on June 4 which had a series of irregularities. Question papers of the test were also leaked before the examination conducted.

Students said that reconducting test for only 1563 students was not enough and entire examination should be conducted afresh after cancellation of the test earlier conducted. They were also agitated over how grace marks were given to 1563 students for loss of time due to mismanagement at some centres. Economic Offence Unit (EOU) of Bihar police had enough evidence to prove that papers were leaked before the test, they maintained.

Police resorted to mild lathicharge to disperse the agitating crowd. Traffic flow was totally paralysed due to protest but local administration and police intervened to ensure normal movement of traffic.

As it is, EOU of Bihar police had earlier arrested four examiners for their alleged involvement in paper leak, on the basis of details recovered from solver gang. Details of nine other examiners were provided to EOU for the investigation and they had been called for interrogation in this connection. Supreme Court had issued notices to National Testing Agency(NTA) and others asking for their stand on alleged irregularities in test conducted. Supreme Court had fixed July 8 as the date for further hearing of all the petitions filed in this connection including those demanding cancellation of the test and probe by CBI. NTA had submitted in apex court that it had withdrawn the grace marks awarded to 1563 students and decided to organise fresh test for them on June 23. Supreme Court has however refused to stall the counselling for admission in medical colleges.

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