Karnataka: The Second Year Pre-University Exams began yesterday. Taking notes from the last year paper leak scandal, the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) sought high security during the exams. As a result, the examination witnessed police security arrangement quite similar to the arrangements made to secure the assembly election.
Earlier, the Director of DPUE, C Shikha told a news daily, “We have written to DG&IGP Rupak Kumar Dutta, requesting him to direct SPs in all districts to ensure security in and around II PUC exam centers. We have also sought police protection for places where confidential material will be stored,”
Undertaking the request of the Director, the police officials were on their toes to prevent any malpractices from happening. The director also requested the police to keep a close eye over the people involved in the question paper leak last year. Emphasizing on the same she told the press, “It’s a routine letter the department writes to police every year. But we have not specifically referred to those accused of leaking question papers in 2016 as has been reported in a section of the media,”
Mr. Dutta advised the entire police force to have a close eye over the conduction of examinations and with the successful completion of the same, the police force has gained success in the assigned task.
Dutta on an interview previously said, DPUE officials have also requested us to check attempts to take question papers out of exam centers. In view of the question paper leak last year, we will be extra-cautious and will take adequate steps to ensure smooth conduct of exams,” The police did its duty and the answer sheets are now in safe custody.
Last year the question paper leak made great headlines and the case became intense. Later, the CID has to take up the command and 18 people were arrested in the case out of which 11 people were booked under the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA).
There were total 998 exam centers set for the test out of which 510 were equipped with CCTV cameras. A total of 6.84 students appeared for the exams and gave their tests successfully.