Rashmi Ranjan

At a time when the selection of candidates in the Assistant Section Officer (ASO) examination continues to remain under the scanner, aspirants of Sub-Inspector examination in the state have alleged irregularities in its recruitment process.

Alleging mismanagement in the Sub-Inspector recruitment examination 2018-19, hundreds of aspirants on Monday gheraoed Odisha Police headquarters in Cuttack and submitted a memorandum to Odisha DGP demanding a probe into the matter.

The aspirants have alleged that several candidates got the job by giving hefty bribe. Besides, they have also questioned why the Odisha Police Recruitment Board is conducting the examination instead of Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC).

"There is massive irregularity in Sub-Inspector recruitment examination 2018-19. For the first time in the history, the cutoff marks for SC, SEBC and UR category stood at 93, 94 and 95 per cent respectively," said Manoj Samantaray, an aspirant.

"The eligible candidates failed to get a job due to irregularities in the selection process. I cannot understand why Odisha Police Recruitment Board is conducting the examination instead of the Odisha Staff Selection Commission," alleged Bikram Routray, another candidate.

Meanwhile, aspirants have threatened to intensify their protest if the State government or DGP fails to take necessary steps to resolve the matter.

No comments could be obtained from Odisha DGP or recruitment board in this regard.

(Reported by Debasis Mohanty)

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