Uproar over police recruitment exam leak

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly was stalled today amid pandemonium and adjournments with opposition Congress demanding a statement from chief minister Naveen Patnaik on cancellation of the written test for constable recruitment following reports about question paper leak.

The issue was raised as soon as the House assembled for the day. Congress members rushed to well seeking a statement from the chief minister who is also the minister in charge of home department.

Rejecting the state government’s announcement of a crime branch probe into the question paper leak, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra asked, “how can a police probe into misdeeds of other police officers.” Mishra demanded an impartial investigation into the matter as it is linked with the vexed unemployment issue.

He alleged that some high ranking police officers were part of the racket that sold question papers in the market at a cost Rs 1.60 lakh per set of question with answer sheet.

Justifying his claim that police cannot investigate into a crime committed by other police persons, Mishra cited an incident in Bolangir where a SDPO rank officer allegedly killed a youth. “I gave in writing to the DGP regarding the incident in Bolangir. But, no action has been taken so far, neither the police have rejected the allegation,” he said.

Speaker Niranjan Pujari, in his ruling asked the state government to place a statement before the House by afternoon.

Meanwhile, even though two Crime Branch teams have launched a probe to find out the root of the constable recruitment paper leak case, the probe agency has not made any major breakthrough as yet.

“There is no particular clue over the question paper leak yet. Some outsider’s involvement is suspected in the case. Forensic examination of the strong room, where the papers were stored, is going on,” said Crime Branch ADG B.K. Sharma.

A team of Crime Branch visited Kendrapara yesterday and held discussions with the SP and exam in-charge while another team from the probe agency is investigating in the twin cities, Sharma added.