New Delhi: Students and Congress youth leaders today held protests in several parts of the national capital against CBSE board papers being leaked, accusing the board of negligence and demanding immediate action against the guilty.

While some students gathered at Parliament Street in the heart of the city, members of the Congress’ National Students Union of India (NSUI) began marching towards Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar’s residence but were stopped.

Student groups and the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) also demonstrated outside the CBSE headquarters in east Delhi’s Preet Vihar, raising various demands, including an independent investigation.

In a related development, six students were detained in Chatra in Jharkhand on Friday in connection with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) papers leak, the police said.

“Six students have been detained. An FIR has been lodged against four," Chatra sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Gyan Ranjan said, adding that no arrest was made so far.

The CBSE papers leak has drawn widespread criticism from across the country and triggered students’ protest. The CBSE has announced a retest of the Maths paper for Class 10 students and Economics paper for Class 12 students in the wake of the papers leak.

Earlier, the Delhi Crime Branch has questioned 10 more people and “interacted" with the CBSE controller of examinations in connection with the leak of the board’s Class 10 Mathematics and Class 12 Economic papers, police said on Friday.

The CBSE has also said that its chairperson had received an e-mail about the Class 10 Mathematics paper being leaked a day before the exam, police officials said.

The Mathematics and Economics exams were held on 26 and 28 March respectively.

The police since yesterday have questioned 35 people, including a coaching centre’s owner, 18 students and some tutors, in connection with the case, an official privy to the investigations said.

Yesterday, police personnel also “interacted with the CBSE controller of examination for two hours" to understand the process of conducting exams, he said.

The official said things like how the paper is set, details of where the question papers are kept and how they are distributed to various examination centres were discussed.

The Delhi police has registered two cases. The first case in connection with the leak of the economics paper was lodged on 27 March and the case pertaining to the mathematics paper was lodged on 28 March, following a complaint by the regional director of the CBSE.

The cases were registered on charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy.

In the complaint pertaining to the mathematics paper, the board has said that a day before the exam, an e-mail was received on the CBSE chairperson’s official ID informing about the leak, the officials said.

In the mail the sender had stated that the mathematics paper was leaked on WhatsApp and that it should be cancelled, they said. The mail also contained attachments of the handwritten mathematics paper allegedly leaked on WhatsApp, according to the complaint.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising two deputy commissioners of police, four assistant commissioners of police and five inspectors has been set up to investigate the matter. The team is being supervised by the joint commissioner of police (crime).

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