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Railway recruitment exam cancelled
18 arrested for paper leak

Lucknow, February 26
The Railway recruitment examination for Group D posts today was cancelled in the midst of the test — affecting six lakh northern region candidates — after question papers were found to have leaked here and 18 persons, including a railway official, have been arrested in this connection.

The Uttar Pradesh police’s Special Task Force arrested the persons for allegedly selling for Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh each, the question papers of the all-India recruitment examination for 10,000 posts.

The cancellation was announced at around 11 am when the procured question papers were found to tally with the ones at the examination centres, Northern Railway Divisional Railway Manager V.K. Gupta said.

He said the test stood annulled for around six lakh northern region candidates and a report was sent to the Railways headquarters for taking a decision on fixing fresh dates.

STF Senior Superintendent of Police S.K. Bhagat said the force had arrested 18 persons so far. A Chief Ticket Inspector was among those taken into custody for interrogation, STF sources added.

Mr Bhagat said the force received information at around 4:30 pm last evening that the question papers were being sold in the market and sent a decoy to procure the papers.

“Four persons were intercepted at around 1:30 am in the night and we were able to get hold of the papers, which contained 150 questions,” he said. The verification was done after the test started, the SSP said.

The DRM said, “Only the sequence of the questions was different, but the questions were almost the same”. — PTI

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