The recruitment drives are held strictly and transparently, and are open for scrutiny, says Assam DGP Credit: Representational Image

GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the state director general of police (DGP) to inquire into the matter relating to alleged anomalies in the written examination for 597 posts of sub-inspector in the Assam Police.

The question paper of the written exam for 597 posts of sub-inspector in the Assam Police was leaked and authorities cancelled the test on Sunday minutes after it had commenced across the State.

The state chief minister Sonowal has also asked the DGP to cancel the examination as soon as the matter came to the light.

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“The question paper had four different sets with corresponding answer keys. Around 11:50 am, I got a WhatsApp message containing one set. I immediately checked it and unfortunately, it happened to be one set,” State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB) chairman Pradeep Kumar said. Several district superintendents of police informed that the examination, which had started at 12 pm, had been stopped immediately after instructions from the SLPRB, he said.

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There were around 66,000 candidates for 597 unarmed sub-inspector posts. Within a month, new dates will be announced for the written examination. It will be followed by physical tests and computer knowledge.

A statement from chief minister’s office said, “The CM instructed the DGP to identify the nexus, which conspired to spoil the recruitment process, and give strict punishment as soon as possible.”

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