Police have arrested four teachers, allegedly involved in the leakage of physics question paper of Class XII examination conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (COHSEM). All four teachers belong to the Galaxy Institute of Sciences at Lilong.
Addressing a press conference at COHSEM office, Secretary M Bidyasagar said, "Some of the questions of the paper were leaked on social media on the day of examination. The teachers were arrested after the council lodged a complaint with the police."
The arrested teachers have been identified as Principal of the Institute, Mohd Abdur Rehman; Assistant OC, Nongmaithem Mohen; SO In-Charge, G Premchand; and SI N Romesh. They are in police custody at present.
The secretary further added, "The institute will be cancelled from the list of examination centres from next year. A council meeting will be held to decide what steps should be taken up regarding the institute."
The candidates who appeared in the Physics paper had even appealed to re-conduct the examination for the said paper. However, the examination will be held again as the Council needs to announce the results in time. The Class XII examination was conducted a little late due to elections in the state.
Menwhile, Manipur Police has claimed that six accused have been arrested in connection with the question leakage, so far. Speaking to media persons at Singjamei Police Station in Imphal West, Chairman of Cyber crime Unit, Imphal West and Additional SP S Ibomcha said, "Following a complaint filed by the COHSEM, the Cyber Crime Unit took up the necessary action. During the investigation, 6 main accused were arrested. They are all in the police custody and remanded up to April 15 for further investigation.
(With inputs from Jit Ningomba in Imphal)