SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh government on Friday cancelled HP Police Constable Recruitment Examination after it was found that the paper was leaked before the written examination that was held on March 27.
The decision was announced by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur a little while after the Himachal Pradesh Police scrapped the examination altogether.
Interacting with media persons here on Friday, CM Thakur said, “The written test for the recruitment of constables in Himachal Pradesh Police conducted on March 27, 2022, in all the districts had been scrapped following certain doubts arising regarding the conduct of the test.”
“An FIR had been registered under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC at Gaggal police station in Kangra district,” CM Thakur said, “An investigation into the case would be conducted by the SIT that would be headed by DIG, Central Range, Mandi, Madhu Sudhan.”
“The ongoing process of document evaluation has been stopped with immediate effect. The state government was committed to ensuring fairness and transparency in the recruitment process. The next written examination for recruitment of constables would be conducted by the end of this month so that candidates did not face any inconvenience,” CM Thakur added.
Meanwhile, police also arrested four people, including three candidates who were arrested for cheating, in a written test that was held on 27 March at 81 centres across the state, the Kangra police have revealed.
The examination was held for 1,334 posts of constables, including 932 male, 311 female and 91 male constables as drivers. In all, about 74,000 candidates, including 14 females, took the test.
On April 5, after the results of the written examination were out, the candidates who had cleared the test were called by the police across the state for the scrutiny of their documents, following which the appointment was to take place.
During the checking of documents, the police got suspicious about the three youths who had unusually scored 70 (about 77 per cent) out of 90 marks in the test but had barely passed in their Class X examination with below-50 per cent marks.
On being grilled separately, the youths admitted that they had got the answers to the questions by paying Rs 6 to 8 lakh even before the examination.
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