Three persons have been arrested by the Gulbarga police for allegedly leaking the question paper for a competitive exam held to recruit civil police constables. The additional Director General of Police (recruitment) NS Megharikh said that the accused identified as Mallanna, Kashinath and Shivakumar, circulated a list of the answers for 77 questions out of 100 given to candidates who took the exam on Sunday.
The police got a tip off on Sunday a few hours prior to the commencement of the examination that some persons were supplying the list of questions and their answers to a few candidates. The police raided an examination centre in Gulbarga and arrested Kashinath, Mallanna and Shivakumar.
All three are natives of Gulbarga and allegedly employed in the police department. Based on information provided by the arrested accused a team of police from the Bangalore Rural region managed to nab seven more persons including six candidates for their involvement in leaking the question papers. One of them has been identified as Sahu a man who runs a tutorial program in Gulbarga. ADGP Megharikh clarified that the police are yet to verify how the accused got their hands on the question paper to prepare the answers.
“We are yet to find out how and where they accessed the question paper. We will conduct a re-examination for the posts of police constables if our investigation reveals a large quantum of beneficiary candidates. We will not conduct a re-examination if the numbers are small,” Megharikh said.
The Karnataka state home ministry conducted a written test in 175 centers across the state on Sunday to fill up 6609 constable posts. A total of 83,166 candidates attended the written examination after they cleared physical standards and efficiency tests.