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Devbrat Patnaik

Berhampur: A video of a laboratory assistant demanding bribe from students in a government college in Berhampur has raised questions about the crumbling education system in the state. The video reportedly has gone viral on social media.

The footage was supposedly captured on Thursday through a mobile camera reportedly at Binayak Acharya College situated near Haradakhandi here. The college is affiliated to Berhampur University. Though the veracity of the video is not certain, the post on social media has mentioned the details of the incident along with the name of the college.

The video shows the lab assistant asking for money for record submission and appearing in practical exams of the college.

Claiming that the students have written their records with the help of another record given to them by him, the lab assistant was seen demanding Rs 500 for the submission of these records. When one of the students denied, the lab assistant said,”Who asked you to take my help? Who are you that I will help you?”

In the video, the person was even seen threatening the student and said, "You are in my target. I will see how you will pass in the given three years."Later, he did not hesitate to accept the fact that he is taking bribe. He said, ”Yes, I am taking bribe. But I won't allow you to appear in the exam. You write your record and submit it to me.”

The argument did not stop here. The lab assistant then asked the student to explain who has helped him in writing the record and said if he has taken his help he is bound to give money.

Following this, when a student argued saying that it's a government college, the assistant replied,” Which government? Who is government?” He further asked,” Has government given you facilities here or provided you with computers to do all these records? It was me who has given you records to write.”

However, the lab assistant was not aware that the entire incident was being recorded.

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