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By A Newsman

Malda, 01 February: DESPITE having met with an accident, some 13 Madhyamik candidates in Malda district today appeared for the first day exam braving the odds.

This is even as one of their fellows could not write the exam as he had to be admitted to a hospital due to the grave nature of his injuries.

The group of 14 examinees from BSS High School at Mathurapur under Manikchak block were on their way to the exam venue H N Agril High School at Enayetpur. They were travelling in an improvised motorised rickshaw known colloquially as vano, which is a popular mode of transport in rural Bengal.

While trying to overtake a private bus, the vano driver lost control and the vehicle turned turtle on the state highway at Bankipur village around 10.30 am. Local residents rescued the examinees and took them to Manikchak Rural Hospital.

One of the injured students, Indrajit Mahaldar, received serious injuries and had to be admitted at the hospital. The rest were released on providing first aid and from the hospital they went straight to the exam venue and wrote the exam.

State education minister Partha Chatterjee said that barring a few road accidents involving the examinees including that of BSS High School, the first day of Madhyamik has passed off peacefully.