Bandh affected candidates cry foul
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 05: Consequent upon the 18 hour general strike called by numerous civil organisations against the brutal torture and sexual harassment of M Naobi, complaints have been raised that many students were unable to appear for their exams.

The Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur should make special arrangement to enable these students appear their exams again, asserted students unable to give their exams yesterday.

They further contended that students who failed to turn up for their exams on the day of general strike should not be taken as their own doing or that they had been deliberately skipped their exams as they didn't fare well in the previous papers.

Complaints were not lodged yesterday itself because of the restrictions imposed by the strike.

Under such conditions, the Council can't claim that there have been no complaints.

These students alleged that they have been victimised by the circumstance and there was no possibility of reaching exam centres on time as many students had to walk for there was no public transport.

They observed that re-examination of yesterday's paper would be in the interest of all concerned.

27 students of Brajalal Institute of Sciences, Moirangkhom who were given exam centre at HRDA, Ghari have been left crestfallen as they could not appear for the Chemistry exam yesterday because of the general strike.

It is reported that the guardians have resolved to approach the Council to make special arrangement for absentee candidates.

In Churachandpur district, the Lamka Post reported today that there was an uncertainty whether the exams have been postponed or not which left many students not giving exams yesterday.

Contending that yesterday's Council exam ought to be conducted again, guardians of some students cautioned that they will fight in the law court if their appeal is not given due consideration.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Kuki Mothers' Association informed that many candidates of Motbung, Saparmeina, Kangpokpi and surrounding villages who have their exam centres at Imphal were denied the opportunity to give their exams due to the disruption of bus service on account of the 18 hour general strike called by numerous organisations yesterday.

Being residents of rural areas, information of the general strike was received very late and as such the students and their parents were in no position to arrange private vehicles for most of them belong to impoverished families, it asserted.