NEET 'paper leak': Students protest in Patna, demand re-examination

Patna: Security personnel clash with students during a protest against the NEET UG entrance exam paper leak, in Patna, Saturday, June 15, 2024.(IANS)

Patna: Security personnel clash with students during a protest against the NEET UG entrance exam paper leak, in Patna, Saturday, June 15, 2024.(IANS)

Patna, June 15 (IANS) Amid allegations of a paper leak in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) (UG) 2024, hundreds of students, who appeared in the examination, on Saturday held a protest demanding re-examination.

The protesters assembled at the Dinkar roundabout, blocked the road and burnt effigies of Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

They raised slogans against the Central government also.

Patna police restored mild baton charges to disperse them.

Protests are being held across the country over the alleged irregularities in the NEET (UG) exam.

The Economic Offences Unit (EOU) of Bihar Police, which is probing the allegations of a paper leak in the NEET (UG) 2024, on Saturday sent notices to 11 candidates who were suspected of involvement in the crime.

The notices were served to them after their names and roll codes were found from the possession of examination mafias. Of these 11 candidates, seven are girls who hail from different districts of Bihar.

The NTA, which earlier completely rejected any irregularities in NEET 2024, has provided the details of the 11 candidates to Bihar EOU.

Earlier, the EOU arrested 13 people, including six exam mafias, four candidates and three parents, and sent them to jail.

At the instance of the arrested accused, the EOU had found partially burnt question papers in Learn Play School located under the jurisdiction of Ramakrishna Nagar police station of Patna.

The EOU found the partially burnt question papers in booklet number 6136488, whose contents were the same as that of the NEET (UG) 2024 paper.

The EOU had asked for the original copy of booklet number 6136488 from the NTA about a month ago, but even after three reminders, the original copy has not been provided.

In their statement, the arrested candidates said they had received the question paper on May 4, a day before the examination and it was the same.

The NEET result, scheduled to come on June 14, was announced on June 4.

In the NEET (UG) examination, the most surprising aspect was that 67 candidates scored cent per cent marks and thousands of students scored more than 700 marks.

A total of 24 lakh candidates appeared for the exams and more than 13 lakh candidates passed it.

Grace marks were randomly given to 1,563 students while there was no such point mentioned in the notification of the exam.

The NTA said in the court that the grace marks of 1,563 students would be canceled and they will have to again appear in the exam on June 23.

However, the petitioner is not satisfied with just the cancellation of the grace marks.