By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: The written examinations scheduled on Sunday for the recruitment of 597 posts of Sub-Inspectors of the Assam police was cancelled due to alleged leak of question papers in the mid of the examination.
Taking cognizance of the leaking of question papers, State Level Police Recruitment Board Assam Chairman Pradeep Kumar said, “We had to cancel the written examination following the leaking of the question paper. We were left with no other alternative. The leakage could not have happened without the involvement of certain police officers. We will nab the miscreants at the earliest.”
Kumar said, “We detected the leakage at around 12:15 PM. We immediately cancelled the scheduled examinations after detecting the lapses. The examination already started until then.”
The Board Chairman asserted that the same examination will be re-conducted in the very next must. “Some miscreants have intentionally committed the crime. But for someone’s ill intention, we will not let suffer thousands of youths of the state. We will reschedule the same examination in the very next day.”
Stressing that thousands of youths of the state were waiting for this examination as a rare opportunity, Kumar said, “We will not let tear down the dreams of the youths. We will assess the lapses and ensure a fair re-examination.”
According to the Chairman, the examinations, on Sunday, the examination was scheduled and started at 154 centres across the state and 66,000 candidates were appearing for it.
Kumar added, “The Whatsapp circulation of the leaked question paper contained filled-up answers. However, we are yet to detect in which particular district the paper got leaked first.”
Karabi Deka, one of the candidates, who attended the scheduled examination in a centre located in Assam’s Udalguri district said, “Already 15 minutes had passed ever since we received the question paper as well as the OMR sheet. Breaking the silence and deep attempts, the invigilators on duty all of a sudden announced the leakage and seized the question papers and OMR sheet already districted to us.”
Karabi said, “The announcement was disheartening. It altogether wasted valuable time and preparation invested for the examination.”
Recently, an audiotape containing conversation of an alleged job broker of the Assam police and an applicant for the post of the Sub-Inspector’s post went viral on social media sites following which the Assam police arrested 5 persons from different districts of the state.