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20,000 answer scripts were destroyed

Re-examination from March 18

SHIMOGA: The inquiry committee formed by Kuvempu University under the chairmanship of Made Gowda to look into the fire that broke out at the Kamala Nehru National College for Women here in which over 20,000 degree examination answer scripts were lost, has ruled out the possibility of an accident.

Registrar (Evaluation) of the university Rame Gowda told newspersons here on Thursday that “it is certain that it was an act of sabotage that caused the fire. The possibility of an electric short-circuit has been ruled out.”

The fact that the secretary of the institution, which runs the college, was contacted on his phone immediately after the fire on December 26, had strengthened the suspicion that it was a deliberate act, he said. Mr. Gowda said students whose answer scripts were destroyed in the fire would be allowed to appear for the re-examination from March 18.

Vice-Chancellor B.S. Sherigara said the fire was a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the university. He said that the university would strengthen security in and around the evaluation centres.