Strike against paper leaks peaceful

Hyderabad: The education strike, called by student and youth organisations to protest against the leaking of exam papers of national examinations like NEET and NET, went off without a hitch on Thursday. The protesters demanded the immediate resignation of Indian Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, cancellation of NEET and transfer of exam conducting power to state governments. They demanded a Supreme Court probe into the leaked exam papers rather than a CBI inquiry.

Most of the educational institutions were closed during the day. A rally led by activists of NSUI, SFI, AISF, PDSU, DYFI, AIYF and PYL marched from Kacheguda to Narayanguda flyover.

NSUI State President and MLC Balmoor Venkat, RL Murthy, T. Nagaraju (SFI), Putta Laxman (AISF), Mahesh (PDSU), S. Nageshwar Rao, P. Ramakrishna (PDSU), Kota Ramesh, Anaganti Venkatesh (DYFI), Valiullah Khadri, Dharmendra (AIYF) and KS Pradeep (PYL) addressed the gathering about the plight of students facing leakage of exam question papers.

They condemned the Modi government's silence on the issue and criticised the move to involve the CBI as a diversionary tactic. They termed the confirmation of the NEET paper leaks by the Bihar police, which the central government denied, as disgraceful.

The protesters argued that the cancellation of NET and NEET has put a heavy financial burden on candidates. They demanded compensation for these candidates and a thorough investigation into the 17 types of exams conducted by the National Testing Agency as exam papers are being sold for hundreds of thousands.