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Fresh date to be announced by Lucknow University

600 computerised and xerox copies of paper seized

LUCKNOW: The controversy-ridden B.Ed. entrance examination in Uttar Pradesh hit another roadblock when the test, scheduled to be held at 12 centres across the State on Wednesday, was cancelled following the leak of General Awareness Group A paper in English and Hindi. The new date for the examination has been fixed for May 19. The Government has also ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter.

The paper was leaked in Farrukhabad on Tuesday. Four persons have been arrested by the Fatehgarh Police for alleged involvement in the leakage of the paper. Since the paper leaked was found to be original, the authorities cancelled the test after hectic confabulations with senior police officers late on Tuesday night.

Those arrested have been identified as Brijesh Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Sanjay Dubey and Saurabh. A photo stat and photo studio shop in the Mohammadabad area of Farrukhabad town was raided by the police who seized about 600 computerised and xerox copies of the General Awareness paper and about Rs. 11,500 in cash. Six other personsescaped. An emergency meeting of the Lucknow University authorities was held late on Tuesday after it was confirmed that the paper leaked was to have been written by about 7 lakh students on Wednesday. Vice-Chancellor M. K. Mishra and the Registrar then contacted ADG (Law and Order) Brij Lal at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday to confirm the leakage of the paper. The DIG/SSPs of Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Meerut, Faizabad, Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Varanasi, Allahabad and Bareilly were subsequently directed to establish contact with the district magistrates to ensure that the B.Ed. joint entrance examination paper is not taken out of the double lock at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

Mr. Lal told reporters here on Wednesday that security measures have been tightened at railway stations, bus stations and examination centres to ward off any trouble from students. An inquiry is being conducted by the Fatehgarh police.

The exam had earlier been in the news following Lucknow University's decision to fix the eligibility of the students writing the test at 50 per cent marks in the graduate examinations. Students with 45 per cent pass marks had earlier been allowed to write the examination, but the decision was reversed by the LU authorities, a few days before the test.