Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said the culprits will be prosecuted under the National Security Act and the Gangster Act.
He also directed to reschedule the examination within a month.
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“A question paper has been leaked. I have issued an order to cancel the exam and arrest the entire racket. Instructions were also given to take the exam within a month, and no additional fee will be charged from any candidate.” Deoria district on Sunday.
He said the students were instructed to return to their hometowns on free UPSRTC buses on the basis of admission.
“Those who have done this should hear that they will be prosecuted under the Gangster Act and the National Security Act,” he said.
Later in a tweet in Hindi, the chief minister said that the government would confiscate the property of those involved in the leak.
About 20 lakh candidates appeared for the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET) on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, the ADG said the arrests included four from Lucknow, 13 from Prayagraj, three from Meerut STF and one from Kaushambi district.
“A photocopy of the question paper was found from them, which was shared with the government. It was revealed that the copy contained the same set of questions as the official question paper,” he said.
“Immediately the government decided that the test should be canceled and re-arranged within the next one month.
“All the expenses of the examination will be borne by the government. Candidates do not have to pay fees or fill up the examination forms,” he added.
The officer said the matter would be investigated by the UP STF, and no individuals or entities involved in the leak would be released.
The test question papers did not reach the test center till Sunday morning.
Mobile phones and photocopies of question papers were seized from the accused.
“Apart from UP, some people from Bihar have also been caught in the act. Either the solicitors have leaked the question papers, or a solicitor (candidate’s disguise person) has appeared instead of the candidate,” Kumar said, adding that more arrests would be made. Made
The situation at the centers was under control and there were announcements urging candidates to return to their homes, the officer added.
Adityanath said in a tweet, “The state government has sided with the UPTET candidates, and the re-examination will be held in a transparent manner within a month.”
“Those who have played tricks on the future of our young brothers and sisters will not be spared. Those who have caused you inconvenience must be punished. Your government is committed to conducting fair and transparent examinations,” he said. Another tweet.
UP Primary Education Minister Satish Dwivedi said the exams – in both shifts – were canceled as soon as the leaks came to light and strict action was promised against the culprits.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav blamed the BJP government for the leak and said such incidents had become a norm in their rule.
“Canceling UPTET exams due to leaked question papers is like playing with the future of about 20 lakh candidates. Leaking question papers, canceling exams is a common thing in the BJP government,” he said in a Hindi tweet.
“Corruption in education in UP is at an all-time high. The unemployed will usher in a revolution, and in 2022 there will be a change.”
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Bhadra also alleged that corruption in education and recruitment had become commonplace under the BJP.
“Recruitment corruption, question papers leaked have become the identity of the BJP government,” he said in a tweet posted in Hindi.
“After the leaked question papers, the efforts of millions of youths today have been in vain. Every time the question papers have been leaked, the government of Yogi Adityanath has saved the top dogs. That is why corruption has escalated,” he said. Added
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