UP premed­i­cal exam can­celled over sus­pected paper leak, probe or­dered

The Political and Business Daily - - FRONT PAGE - GHAZI­ABAD/LUC­KNOW, JUNE 22

GHAZI­ABAD/LUC­KNOW: The UP Com­bined Premed­i­cal Test (UPCPMT) was can­celled on Sun­day over sus­pected ques­tion paper leak af­ter the seals of two boxes con­tain­ing them were found to have been tam­pered with, prompt­ing the state Govern­ment to or­der a high­level probe. More than a lakh stu­dents were to ap­pear in the test for ad­mis­sion to var­i­ous med­i­cal col­leges in the state. Pa­pers of the test were sealed in 40 boxes which were kept in two banks in Ghazi­abad. When of­fi­cials went to these banks this morn­ing, they found that the seals of two boxes had been tam­pered with.

T HE Ut­tar Pradesh Comb ined Premed­i­cal Test (UPCPMT) was can­celled to­day over sus­pected ques­tion paper leak af­ter the seals of two boxes con­tain­ing them were found to have been tam­pered with, prompt­ing the state govern­ment to or­der a high-level probe.

More than a lakh stu­dents were to ap­pear in the test for ad­mis­sion to var­i­ous med­i­cal col­leges in the state.

"Pa­pers of the test were sealed in 40 boxes which were kept in two banks in Ghazi­abad. When of­fi­cials went to these two bank branches this morn­ing, they found that the seals of two boxes had been tam­pered with. The exam was can­celled there­after," Ghazi­abad District Mag­is­trate SVS Ranga Rao told PTI.

Co­or­di­na­tor of UPCPMT AK Singh said that a re­port was re­ceived in the morn­ing re­gard­ing sus­pected tam­per­ing of ques­tion paper boxes in Ghazi­abad fol­low­ing which it was de­cided to post­pone the test af­ter con­sult­ing the state govern­ment.

He said that July 20 has been pro­posed as the fresh date for the ex­am­i­na­tion, al­though a fi­nal de­ci­sion in that re­gard would be taken by the state govern­ment.

Rao said that the district ad­min­is­tra­tion would be send­ing a re­port in this mat­ter to the state govern­ment.

Di­rect­ing that stern ac­tion be taken in the case, Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav asked the chief sec­re­tary to con­sti­tute a high-level com­mit­tee to probe the en­tire mat­ter.

"The CM has di­rected chief sec­re­tary Alok Ran­jan to con­sti­tute a high-level com­mit­tee to probe the paper leak and can­cel­la­tion of CPMT," an of­fi­cial re­lease is­sued here said.

Ya­dav also said take stern ac­tion against those in­volved in "play­ing with the fu­ture of stu­dents".

Mean­while, BJP state pres­i­dent Laxmi Kant Ba­j­pai de­manded a CBI probe into leak­age of UPCPMT paper.

He ques­tioned that on whose or­der the paper was kept in the strong rooms of banks with­out CCTVs, when there was a rule and tra­di­tion that the boxes be kept in the strong room of govern­ment trea­suary.

Ba­j­pai also de­manded that trans­port al­lowance, food and lodg­ing fa­cil­i­ties should be pro­vided to the ap­pli­cants when the ex­am­i­na­tion is held again.

"This amount should later be re­alised from those found guilty," he said.

The ex­am­i­na­tion was to be held across 213 cen­tres in 15 cities of which 45 were in Luc­know.

Later, the Ghazi­abad po­lice reg­is­tered an FIR against un­known per­sons in the case.

Footages of CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in­side and out­side the bank where ques­tion pa­pers were kept were be­ing scanned, it said.

—PTI

Po­lice of­fi­cials in­spect the Bank premises af­ter the seals of boxes were found to have been tam­pered

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