Shimla, June 27
The Himachal Pradesh police chief said on Monday that the country must set up a high-security government press to prevent the leakage of printed questionnaires for the recruitment of employees in ministries.
Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Kundu told the media at the state police headquarters here that he had recommended to central intelligence and security agencies the need to set up a high security printing press on the model of the one that prints banknotes, for printing recruitment documents.
On May 6, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur canceled the written test conducted to recruit police officers amid reports of papers leaking.
The exam was held on March 27 and 75,803 candidates had taken the written test to recruit 1,334 gendarmes. Among them, 60,454 were men and 14,653 women.
696 other men had qualified for the written test for the position of driver agent.
Kundu said state police have so far arrested 171 people from 10 states including West Bengal, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan for their involvement in leaking recruitment exam documents police officers from Himachal Pradesh.
During the investigation, the state police learned that the interstate gangs involved in the leaking of papers were also responsible for the leaking of papers for various other recruitment exams held in other states including Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir, he said.
Kundu said those arrested so far include 25 people associated with various interstate gangs from other states, and one Rajeev Yadav, a railway section engineer.
The 171 people arrested also include 116 candidates, fathers of nine of them, and 21 officers from Himachal Pradesh, he said.
At present, one defendant is in custody, 47 are in judicial custody, 121 have been released under Article 41 (A) of the Code of Criminal Procedure and two have been released on bail by the court, he added.
The process of preparing an indictment against the defendant is in its final stages and it will soon be filed in court, Kundu said, adding that whenever more defendants are arrested, an additional challan will be placed in court. result.
The General Duty (male and female) and Driver Examination to recruit Constables will be held again on July 3 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. statewide, except for the 116 candidates booked for cheating, who have were disqualified according to the rules, added the DGP. .
Regarding their modus operandi, the DGP said that some employees of the printing works were members of the paper leak gangs.
Shortly after obtaining the paperwork, these employees would contact their associates in other states, who would purchase the candidates’ names and other details from the coaching centers, he said.
They would then reach out to candidates to sell them items using their network spread across all states, he said.
The DGP was accompanied by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Madhu Sudan, who leads the five-member Special Investigations Team (SIT) set up to investigate the case, as he walked addressed the media.
DIG Madhu Sudan said efforts were underway to arrest around 10 other people identified as defendants in the case. The number could increase as the investigation progresses, he said.
Asked about police complicity in the leaks, Sudan said that although no such case has been found so far, the possibility cannot be ruled out as the investigation is still ongoing.
The CM had decided on May 17 to hand over the case to CBI, but the investigative agency has not yet resumed the investigation.
After the incident in May, three FIRs were registered under Sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal association) of the Indian Penal Code at Gaggal Police Station of Kangra District, Indiana Police Station. State CID to Bharari in Shimla and Arki Police. Solan station.