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6:57 am - Wednesday September 17, 2014

UPCPMT exam fiscio: UP govt orders high level probe

22pmtAgencies, Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh government today ordered a high-level probe into the UPCMT exam fiasco and Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh police was investigating the case.

Uttar Pradesh Combined Premedical Test (UPCPMT) was cancelled after boxes, in which the question papers were kept at two nationalised banks in Ghaziabad were found tampered just before the start of the exams at 0900 hrs  today.

King George Medical University (KGMU), Vice Chancellor Prof Ravikant said the exams were cancelled on the advise of the district authorities of Ghaziabad.

“We want fair exams in which all student get equal opportunity, hence we have cancelled the exams.

Now July 20  has been fixed as a new date for the exam,” he told UNI here.
Controller of exams of KGMU Dr A K Singh , who is the in-charge of the UPCPMT exams, said 1, 09, 291 aspirants were slated to appear at 213 exam centres in 15 cities of the state.

The exam was to start at 0900 hrs but the order of the government came just minutes before the exams.

In some centres, the exams had started and students started writing their answers but later, their answer sheets were taken back by the invigilators.
Ghaziabad SSP Dharmendra Kumar alleged that authorities of Allahabad bank and SBI were responsible for thr laxity and even blamed the KGMU officials of storing the question papers in the bank rather than keeping it in the government  treasury.

An FIR has been registered against the bank officials in the tampering issue, he said.

Meanwhile, BJP has demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

Uttar Pradesh government taking the matter seriously has set
up a high level official committee to probe into the tampering of
question papers at the Allahabad Bank in Ghaziabad.
Special Task Force (STF) of the state police has taken over
the case and started investigation.
SSP Ghaziabad Dharmendra Singh confirmed that tampering of the
boxes in which the question papers were kept have been observed
and a FIR has been registered at the concerned police stations
against the bank officials.
After the cancellation of the exams, blame game have started.
The police in Ghaziabad has blamed the KGMU for not taking
serious measures to stop tampering of the question papers at the
banks.
The question papers reached the banks at Ghaziabad on Friday
last but the bank officials kept it in the strong room on
Saturday.
Officials also said though the announcement of the next date
of exam on July 20 have been made but still a permission was
required from the Supreme Court , who had directed to complete
the exam process by July 10.
On other hand BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai has
demanded a CBI probe into the tampering of the question papers.
He also demanded free lodging and boarding of the students
appearing for the exams in the next date.
Congress and BSP leaders too have demanded high level probe
into the leakage.
Meanwhile, aspirants appearing for the exams were annoyed with
the sudden cancellation of the exams.
Randhir Kumar, who  came to Lucknow from Varanasi to appear in
the exam, said their future prospect is hampered due to the
cancellation.
Other aspirants too expressed their annoyance over the
cancellation of the UPCPMT exam.

Posted in: Nation

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