The Assam government Friday ordered a CID inquiry into a major fire that broke out at a Class X exams evaluation centre in Jorhat in upper Assam late Thursday night that destroyed between 5,000 and 10,000 answer-sheets of the on-going High School Leaving Certificate examination conducted by the state Secondary Education Board.
Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Vasant Vishal Solanki said preliminary inquiries did not show any apparent sign of accidental fire occurring due to an electricity short circuit. “There is every possibility that some miscreant threw some burning object through the ventilator into the room where the answer-sheets were stocked,” he said.
The incident occurred at Sankardev Seminary High School. Solanki said about 20 per cent of the answer-sheets were suspected to have been damaged or destroyed. It put the number at “anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000”. He said the school principal had not informed the police about storing HSLC examination answer-sheets. “The principal depended entirely on the school watchman for ensuring security of the answer-sheets,” he said.