Officials of the J&K Board of School Education were in for a shock on Tuesday when results of the class 10 examination, held last year, were put up on social networking site Facebook, a day before it was scheduled to be officially announced.
The link was uploaded around 4am by Facebook user, Frontline Kashmir, who has vouched support for Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam. The separatist leader was believed to have headed last summer's unrest that left more than 100 people dead in the Valley.
Unnerved board officials held a meeting in the morning to fix the leak and managed to deactivate the result data link by afternoon. The deactivation caused panic among students who couldn’t access their results.
"Most of my friends got to know their result in the morning. Now the board has deactivated the link frustrating all those who could not see their results," said Akhtar Dar, a student while waiting outside the board office at Bemina.
Hundreds of students gathered at the board office forcing officials to call the police to control the situation.
"I am clueless. I don’t know anything," said Naseema Lankar, commissioner secretary education and officiating chairperson of the board.
Frontline Kashmir, whose real identity is not known, laughed at the "incompetence" of the board officials in handling the issue.
"After the result got leaked, the board officials are trying to shift the blame on Facebook. Now the police are investigating the matter. This is hilarious," Frontline Kashmir said on Facebook.