23 have committed suicide after Telangana school results


India, All India

The bungling led to the alleged suicides of 23 students since the declaration of results on April 18.

Telangana police detains BJP leaders and workers during a protest over the alleged massive bungling in intermediate examination results, which led to suicide by at least 23 students, in Hyderabad on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

Hyderabad: Protests continued Monday over the alleged goof-up in the declaration of results of the Intermediate examinations by members of different student organisations and political parties  here even as the BJP Telangana unit president K. Laxman began an indefinite fast.

The bungling led to the alleged suicides of 23 students since the declaration of results on April 18.

Hitting out at the TRS government, the BJP state chief Laxman began his fast seeking justice for the students.

The demands of the BJP include sacking of education minister G. Jagadeesh Reddy, suspension of secretary of Board of Intermediate Education, judicial inquiry into the entire episode and compensation to families of students who allegedly committed suicide. The exams were conducted during February and March this year and the results were declared on April 18.

Many students and parents have been protesting against the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) alleging goof-up in the paper valuation.

Demanding resignation of the education minister, the protesters, wanted him to take moral responsibility over the “fiasco” and made a vain bid to lay siege to the TSBIE office here and Pragathi Bhavan, official residence complex-cum-camp office of Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

Scores of protesters were taken into preventive custody by the police.

In the wake of “Chalo TSBIE” protest call given by Opposition parties, several leaders of the Congress, Telangana TDP, TJS were put under “house arrest” in different parts of the city and across the state, leaders of those parties said.

Police, who had stepped up security near the TSBIE office, foiled attempts by activists of Students’ Federation of India, Progressive Democratic Students Union, Democratic Youth Federation of India, All India Democratic Students’ Organisation and other student organisations to barge into the TSBIE office, and whisked away the protesters in police vehicles.