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5 arrested in recruitment exam paper leak case in Arunachal

The Mains examination for the posts of Assistant Engineer (Civil) was conducted by the APPSC on August 26 and 27 last.

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Itanagar: The Itanagar Police has so far arrested five persons, including a senior officer of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and two teachers, for their alleged involvement in the AE (Civil) Mains Examination 2022 question paper leak case, City SP Jimmy Chiram said on Monday.

This ‘development’ came days after Chief Minister Pema Khandu had expressed serious concern over the recruitment exam paper leak case, stating that “Anyone found involved in the incident, irrespective of his or her position or status, will not be spared”.

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The Mains examination for the posts of Assistant Engineer (Civil) was conducted by the APPSC on August 26 and 27 last.

The SP said the arrestees have been identified as a father-son duo of Tanyang Gaduk and Thomas Gaduk (candidate), Akhilesh Yadav (teacher of a coaching institute), Tama Saroh (junior teacher of a State-run school) and Taket Jerang (Deputy Secretary cum Deputy Controller of Examination, APPSC). They are currently remanded in police custody.

Earlier, upon receipt of a formal complaint from one of the candidates, Gyamar Padang, that the question paper had been leaked in advance, the police had conducted a preliminary inquiry, based on which a case was registered at the Itanagar PS under Section 120-B/420/406/407/409 of the Indian Penal Code and investigation entrusted on IO, Inspector Ongsa Rongrang.

The SP, meanwhile, informed that a Special Investigation Team has been constituted under the leadership of Addl SP (Capital) Thutan Jampa with Itanagar SDPO Kamdam Sikom, Inspector Ongsa Rongrang, SI A K Jha and constable Pranjal Medhi being its members.

“The investigation is being done on an urgent basis as it is a very serious matter pertaining to the future of our young engineering graduates. Capital Police expects to complete the ongoing investigation properly and on an urgent basis,” the SP added.

Meanwhile, the aspirants under the banner of ‘Paper Leakage Issue Committee, AE (Civil) APPSC 2022 Exam’ have demanded the cancellation of the AE (Civil) recruitment examination and a speedy investigation into the alleged paper leak fiasco.

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