Himachal: 7 Arrested for Leaking Junior Office Assistant Exam Questionnaire

Police arrested seven people on Monday for allegedly leaking the questionnaire for the junior office assistant exam held by the Himachal Pradesh Personnel Services Commission on Sunday

Police arrested seven people on Monday for allegedly leaking the questionnaire for the junior office assistant exam held by the Himachal Pradesh Personnel Services Commission on Sunday.

The defendants were identified as Rakesh Kumar, Gopal, Viki, Vivek, Joginder, Balwant and Anit, all from Mandi.

According to Mandi Police Superintendent Shalini Agnihotri, the arrests come a day after Kumar was detained for cheating on the MLSM College Sundernagar exam. On questioning him, he revealed that Gopal, a staff member of Abhilashi College of Education and deputy superintendent of the center, had provided him with the questionnaire before the exam began.

Balwant, an employee of the college, had revealed the seating plan to Rakesh the day before the exam, which he told Gopal. Based on this, Gopal clicked the photos from the question booklet and forwarded it to Rakesh on WhatsApp. Rakesh then shared the quiz with others to prepare a cheat sheet. The cheat sheet was sent to MLSM College via Joginder, who then delivered it to Balwant. Balwant then handed it to Rakesh in the washroom. Investigations revealed that paper had also been leaked to an Anit.

Nearly 1.5 lakh candidates had appeared for the exam in 517 centers for 300 JOA positions.

Education Minister Govind Thakur said the government had ordered an investigation and a team of education ministry officials would submit a report within a week.

AAP spokesman in Shimla Gaurav Sharma said the leaked question paper only reflects how the unemployed in the state are being cheated

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