Box seal found tampered, UPCPMT exam cancelled

Uttar Pradesh Combined Pre-medical Test (CPMT) was cancelled after boxes, in which the question papers were kept at two nationalised banks in Ghaziabad, were found tampered with just before the start of the exams on Sunday. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered a high-level investigation into the matter and has asked Special Task Force (STF) to investigate the case.

King George Medical University (KGMU) vice-chancellor Prof Ravikant said the exams were cancelled on the advise of the district authorities of Ghaziabad.

‘We want fair exams, hence we have cancelled the exams, which now will be held on 20 July,’ he told reporters in Lucknow. The chief minister has set up a high-level committee headed by chief secretary Alok Ranjan to look into the matter. ‘The committee has been asked to give its report at the earliest,’ he said in a statement issUP CPMT cancelled after question papers were found tamperedued here.
Dr AK Singh, who is the in-charge of the UP CPMT exams, said 1, 09, 291 aspirants were slated to appear at 213 exam centres in 15 cities of the state.

The exam was to start at 9 am but the order of the government came just minutes before the exam began. In some centres, the exams had started and students had even started writing their answers but later, their answer sheets were taken back by the invigilators.

Ghaziabad SSP Dharmendra Kumar said that the authorities of Allahabad Bank and State Bank of India were responsible for the laxity and even blamed the KGMU officials for storing the question papers in the bank rather than keeping it in the government treasury. An FIR has been registered against the bank officials in the tampering issue, he said.

Meanwhile, BJP state president Laxmi Kant Bajpai demanded a CBI probe into the issue. ‘On whose order the papers were kept in the strong rooms of banks without CCTVs, when there is a rule and tradition that they are kept in the strong room of government treasury,’ he said. Bajpai also demanded that transport allowance, food and lodgings should be provided to the applicants when the exam is held again.

‘This amount should later be realissed from those found guilty,’ he said.
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