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Anti-copying crusader does an encore

ONCE a crusader, always a crusader. That seems to be the philosophy of Kushinagar district inspector of schools (DIOS) Umesh Tripathi. Shunted out of Lucknow midway through the Board examinations last year despite battling the copying-mafia single-handedly, he is now conducting a drive here with the same zeal. Perhaps, it's time for Lucknow's Education Department officials, who have been wary of catching the big fish, to take a leaf out of Tripathi's book.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 01:29 IST

ONCE a crusader, always a crusader. That seems to be the philosophy of Kushinagar district inspector of schools (DIOS) Umesh Tripathi.

Shunted out of Lucknow midway through the Board examinations last year despite battling the copying-mafia single-handedly, he is now conducting a drive here with the same zeal.

Perhaps, it's time for Lucknow's Education Department officials, who have been wary of catching the big fish, to take a leaf out of Tripathi's book.

In just seven days of the UP Board examination, Tripathi recommended to the Kushinagar district administration to invoke the National Security Act against a school principal and a manager.

A case was registered under the Gangster Act against another school manager who had allegedly attacked the DIOS office and pelted the office staff with stones for cracking down on copying.

He also recommended cancellation of the examination at three examinaton centres following reports of large-scale copying.

He debarred eight other examination centres after copying material was recovered from there.

Also, seven people were arrested for being present inside the examination hall illegally.

An FIR was lodged against 21 examinees. A fake school manager fell into his net.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Tripathi said complaints were lodged against five school managers for breaching the peace.

Seventy-eight others, including 72 invigilators, two centre superintendents and four additional centre superintendents, were relieved from duty.

A case was registered against another erring principal for allegedly trying to pass the failed students.

This might be the proverbial tip of the iceberg. He vowed to continue his crusade against the copying mafia.

He said: “I will bust the copying racket wherever I'm posted. That is what I did last year in Lucknow, where I was posted as the DIOS II. I believe that this will definitely send a message to all those involved in the copying racket.”

All this is in sharp contrast to what officials at the office of the district inspector of schools in Lucknow have done so far.

They allegedly caught only poor students of remote areas and overlooked the offences of those engaged in organised copying.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, flying squad members said they often
came across irregularities at the centres, but the official accompanying them took no interest in initiating action against the guilty.