63 Himachal students pass class X without taking exam

Sixty-three students of a Himachal Pradesh school have passed the class X state board examination without appearing for it. Two persons, including school owner Ashwini Kumar Dogra, have been arrested in this connection.

During preliminary investigation by Dharamshala-based Himachal Pradesh Education Board, answersheets of the students of Kangra's Divya Jyoti Academy were found even though they had not written the exam, said OP Jamwal, ASP Dharamshala.

According to police, Dogra allegedly bought answersheets from examination centres. He then got his school teachers to write the answers on behalf of the students. The filled-in answersheets were then sent to the Board office by post. From there, these were distributed to various evaluation centres.

Dogra was arrested on Thursday and remanded in four-day police custody. Police suspect the involvement of an organised gang, including board employees and invigilators of the exam, in the racket. SSP Kangra Atul Fulzhele said the Board's 2010 exam record has been confiscated.


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