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Council chairman allows debate on mass copying

UP Legislative Council Chairman Ganesh Shankar Pandey on Monday allowed an one-hour debate on the issue of alleged mass copying and alleged involvement of copying mafias in the ongoing annual examinations of UP Board.

UP Legislative Council Chairman Ganesh Shankar Pandey on Monday allowed an one-hour debate on the issue of alleged mass copying and alleged involvement of copying mafias in the ongoing annual examinations of UP Board. The time and date of the discussion will be fixed later.

The chairman gave the ruling after members of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s reply on the notice they had given on the killing of a NSG commando Tejvir Singh,who was shot dead while trying to settle a dispute on copying between two groups in Aligarh on March 12. BSP members also demanded financial help of Rs 20 lakh for the kin of the slain commando and job for his widow. BSP members said that copying mafias were active across the state.

Speaking on admissibility of the notice,BSP members said that copying mafias are extorting money from the students to “provide help in copying”. Leader of Teachers’ group,Om Prakash Sharma said that mafias have taken contracts for providing copying facility. Sharma said the sacrifice of the slain commando should not go in vain and the government should control the copying mafias. Independent member Chet Narain Singh said that mafias were active in education and copying in the state for the last 20 years.

In response to the notice,Leader of the House Ahmed Hasan said that four accused have been arrested so far in connection with the murder of Tejvir Singh and the family of the victim was satisfied with the action taken by the police.

Hasan said that the government was going to make arrangements to check copying in the examinations. He said that SP government inherited such examination centres and copying mafias from the previous BSP regime. Hasan said that all the mafias were associated with the BSP.

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Leader of Opposition Naseemuddin Siddiqui opposed the allegations of Hasan. BSP members staged walkout from the House to mark their protest against the government’s reply.