Patna: Hardly a week after the incident of mass cheating in the Bihar secondary school board exam , which caused huge embarrassment to the state government, another case of mass copying has surfaced ---- more than 1000 candidates were arrested for impersonation in the police constable recruitment examination.
The written test was conducted last October for recruitment of 11,783 constables for 2014-15, of which 35 per cent were reserved for women candidates
About 52,000 were selected for the PFT (physical fitness test) and verification of documents, which were held from March 16 to 28 at the Patliputra Sports Complex, Kankarbagh in Patna.
“It was during the verification of documents that 1,068 candidates were found to be impersonating. They were arrested and sent to jail,” a senior police official told reporters.
“Many of those candidates who sat the tough exam were not the same ones who turned up for the next stage of the selection process. “The fraud was detected when the signatures, photographs and fingerprints of the candidates were matched with those who had appeared for the exam,” the official added.
Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) P K Thakur said, “We have asked our officials to take utmost care in examining the documents. Those who have taken recourse to unfair means will be caught and strict action will be taken against them.”
“Once the recruitment process get over, the probe will go ahead full-fledged to discover the exact modus operandi of the gangs or persons involved in such sordid affair. They will not be spared,” he said.
Last week, Police detained more than 1,000 people after video footage showing parents and friends of students scaling the outer walls of school buildings to pass cheat sheets to students inside taking exams emerged.
(with PTI inputs)