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Himachal Pradesh govt cancels police constable recruitment exam after paper leak

By Priyanka Verma 
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Himachal Pradesh: The Himachal Pradesh government on Friday, May 6, cancelled the police constable recruitment exam after the Kangra police arrested three candidates in connection with the alleged paper leak. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by DIG (Central Range, Mandi) Madhusudan has been constituted to probe the matter.

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As many as 75,803 candidates had appeared in the hour-long exam held at 81 centres across 11 districts to recruit 1,700 constables on March 27, the result of which was declared on April 5. Among the candidates, 60,454 were male and 14,563 female. Apart from them, 696 male candidates appeared for the post of driver.

Jai Ram Thakur said that after the written examination was held it was suspected that paper has been leaked on which he directed the police department to inquire the matter as ensuring complete transparency in the recruitment process is the top priority of his government.

“I had ordered to probe the matter so that no doubt remains in the minds of public about the transparency of recruitment process,” he said.

He said that after investigation revealed that paper might have been leaked a case FIR was registered at Gaggal police station on Thursday. He said that SIT will probe entire process related to recruitment process and will also collect all the facts related to paper leak to conduct further actions.

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He said that government has also decided to cancel the written examination and to conduct fresh written examination within this month with complete transparency. He said that strict action will be initiated against those found involved in paper leak case.

Sharma said they were not able to answer simple general knowledge questions during the document verification.

When interrogated firmly, they admitted that they had seen the paper before the exam.

The three had paid between ₹6 lakh and ₹8 lakh to some people for providing them the solved paper.

The Kangra police have registered a case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code at Gaggal police station as the exam centre where the candidates in question appeared falls under its jurisdiction.

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During the police recruitment exam in 2019 also, the Kangra police had busted a racket involving youngsters from outside the state appearing as proxy for the candidates.

Thirty people, including candidates and impersonators, were arrested in that case. The case is pending in court.

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