Students appearing exam at S M Girls' High School Old Town, Bhubaneswar on MondayBhubaneswar: The decision to post-pone the HSC examination has generated palpable tension among over 5 lakh students and their parents, even as the Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, authorities have started preparations for conducting the examinations in April.

The BSE postponed the examinations on Wednesday, following thefts of question papers of seven subjects from the Bhagwati Vidyapeeth at Bajpur under Kakatpur block in Puri district on Tuesday night.

It is for the first time in the history that BSE deferred the entire examination to a later date as a follow up action of the theft case.

Puri Superintendent of police Anup Sahoo on Thursday personally went to the Bhagwati Vidyapeeth at Bajpur to investigate the theft case which had taken place on Tuesday night. The Puri SP interrogated the head master of the Bajpur high school in this connection.

Meanwhile, The Mass Education Minister on Thursday told in the Assembly that the Government has asked the Director of Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, to enquire into the matter as the Opposition members accused that the future of five lakh matriculation students hangs in the balance due to the negligence of the Government.