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Students bear brunt as loudspeakers blare

ALL RULES enforced here in view of the ongoing university and board exams were thrown to the wind today during the maiden visit to his hometown by newly-installed BJP State president Satyanarayan Jatia on Saturday.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 16:36 IST

ALL RULES enforced here in view of the ongoing university and board exams were thrown to the wind today during the maiden visit to his hometown by newly-installed BJP State president Satyanarayan Jatia on Saturday.

Overzealous party workers had put up loudspeakers at several places, which blared at full volume despite the fact that provisions banning use of amplifiers under Noise Pollution Regulation and Control Rules-2000 are in force in view of the examinations.

District administrative officials could not gather courage to compel the BJP men to obey the rules. The worst situation was seen at Maharajwada and Madhav College, where students writing their exams suffered greatly due to the din.

Girls of the Government Sarafa Higher Secondary School were seen weeping at the end of their examination, saying that they could not do well due to constant disturbance.

The enthusiastic workers and local leaders were so excited about homegrown leader Jatia’s appointment as State president of BJP that around 500 welcome gates were erected on his rally route from Mahakal temple to BJP office at Freeganj.

Loudspeakers were placed at over 100 stages erected to welcome Jatia. The loudspeakers started blaring right from morning, even though the rally arrived at those points late in the evening.

Several students even complained to the school and college authorities and demanded to put off the speakers till exams were over, but their genuine demand could not get attention as nobody wanted to invite the wrath of ruling party men.

Collector Neeraj Mandloi told Hindustan Times that flying squads of administrative officials looking after the examination job were taking rounds in the town to curb the menace. However, he had no information as to how many speakers were pulled down from the welcome stages.