Two years on, the parents of deceased Mohammad Adnan are still waiting for justice as the family alleges that government has not punished the ‘culprits’.
They said, “We have put up our complaint in Chief Minister as well as Governor’s grievance cells, to commissioner secretary technical education and to commissioner secretary school education. But we have not got any response from any of these authorities so far.”
The parents said that Adnan’s death anniversary is nearing but the justice as promised by the government eludes them.
Adnan, a 17-year-old Electronics Engineering student of Government Polytechnic College in Srinagar, had committed suicide after the examiners and the technical board had failed him in Physics by giving him 28 marks. However, after re-evaluation, he had scored 48 marks in the subject, thus passing the exam with a better percentage.
He had committed suicide before his re-evaluation result was declared. His parents later protested against the Technical Education Department and the erroneous examiner. They had said that their son’s case was not suicide but a “murder”.
After this incident, Imran Ansari, Minister for Technical Education, had said that the government had recommended the examiners compulsory retirement from service. Ansari said, “The inquiry committee had submitted its report within a week. We have recommended that teacher Mushtaq Ahmad Tiploo, who belongs to the Education Department, be declared ‘deadwood’ and be given compulsory retirement from service.”
Tiploo, senior lecturer at Government Higher Secondary School, Jawahar Nagar, had evaluated the Physics answer paper of Adnan Hilal and had declared him as failed. The lecturer had given Adnan only 28 out of 100 marks.
The enquiry report submitted by Director Technical Education, Shabnam Kamili, revealed that Adnan was good at studies and no head examiner was appointed, who would re-examine the question papers.