Following reports of that the question paper for the West Bengal Industrial Training Institutes Entrance Examination, which was scheduled for Sunday, has been leaked, the state government cancelled it for the day and deferred it to July 5. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, later in the day, ordered a CID probe even as a state minister suspected opposition CPM to be behind the question paper leak.
“The CM has ordered a CID probe into the ITI question paper leak case. The CID has already taken over it,” state Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee said.
State’s Technical Education and Training Minister Ujjal Biswas confirmed that the ITI entrance test has been cancelled. “The decision has been taken following complaints of question paper leaks in a newspaper. The exam will now be held on July 5,” Biswas said, adding that a total of 1.33 lakh candidates had applied for the examination this year against nearly 80,000 last year.
The minister, however, suspected the hands of CPM in the question papers leak, describing it as a “conspiracy to malign the image of the state government”.
Stating that a departmental probe was ordered into the case by a three-member committee headed by a Joint Secretary of the Technical Education Department, Biswas said that the committee has been asked to submit the report within a week. “Culprits in the case must be punished severely after the inquiry is over,” the minister said, adding that the examination was scheduled to select nearly 40,000 candidates for over 100 government and private ITI colleges in the state.
Earlier, a large number of students and their family members agitated before a number of examination centres protesting against cancellation of the scheduled tests just before it began during the day without any prior intimation.