LIC exam paper leaked, 11 held

LIC exam paper leaked, 11 held

The police arrested 11 people, including a Uttar Pradesh high school teacher and four job aspirants in this connection.

Four candidates allegedly bought the question papers from Pawan Kumar, a 33-year-old Geography graduate from Delhi University and Arjun (25).

Terming the incident unfortunate, Anju Banerjee, Chairman and Managing Director of Educational Consultants India Limited (EDCIL), which is conducting the exams for LIC, said that they will decide on whether to cancel the tests after the investigations are over. She had asked EDCIL’s vigilance wing to seize all papers soon after the exams are over.

The incident came to light after Delhi Police’s crime branch got hold of the copies of two sets of question papers on   Saturday evening and arrested Kumar from Naraina where a raid was conducted. Later, Arjun and four candidates were also taken into custody and a case of cheating was registered.

In Hyderabad, sleuths of Commissioner’s Task Force (West Zone) nabbed five persons after raiding a house in Gandhi Nagar in the city and seized question papers, six mobile phones and Rs 6,000 cash from them.

Task Force Deputy Commissioner of Police V B Kamalasan Reddy said the arrested Yogeshwar Kumar Rao alias Yogiraj, a high school teacher from Ghazipur, Palvai Ashok Kumar, B Anna Rao, Perla Srinivas and Gudla Srinivas (all agents from AP) were charging Rs 7 lakh from each candidate for the  question paper. According to sources, prime accused Yogiraj got the question paper from his  friend Lal Bahadur, a resident of Lucknow on February 23. While Bahadur managed to get it from his relative Dindayal,who is working in a printing press.

Around 1.65 lakh candidates are supposed to appear for the test  to be conducted in two sessions in 160 centres across the country. “We got the copies of the leaked papers and when we tallied these with the original, they were found to be the same,” Ashok Chand, DCP(Crime) said.

According to him, Pawan had appeared for Civil Services examination earlier but failed. “He is in the trade since 2005. He was earlier held for impersonation in Delhi Pre-Medical Entrance Test in 2005,” Chand said.

Three suspected candidates were to appear for the test in Delhi while one was to appear in Chandigarh. An LIC spokesperson said the entire examination process is being conducted by EDCIL, a public sector company, under the Human Resources Development Ministry. “We have sought a detailed report from EDCIL,” he said.

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