THE Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police Tuesday arrested a junior ranked Army man (Naik) and claimed the involvement of two Subedar Majors in the leak of Army’s tradesman recruitment exam paper that was held on April 24 this year. The paper was leaked on April 23.
STF arrested Naik Pravin Vishwas Jagtap of Jamnagar-based 9 Maratha Regiment. A native of Satara district in Maharashtra, Jagtap was posted in Pune.
A STF spokesperson said Jagtap had been posted at Lucknow-based zonal recruitment office of the Army in 2014 when he had got the paper for another tradesman exam leaked with the help of two clerks, and he had got a bribe of Rs 2 lakh in return. Jagtap had also got a paper leaked in 2015 with the help of Subedar Major Rajesh Kumar Yadav, but the leaked questions had not matched with the original, the spokesperson said.
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The STF claimed Jagtap had obtained the leaked paper of April 24 exam from Subedar Major Gurcharan Singh, posted in Amethi, and Subedar Major Rajesh Kumar Yadav, posted in Varanasi. According to STF, Yadav and Singh could be in touch with other officials of the Army involved in the racket.
A case against Jagtap has been lodged at Lucknow’s Cantonment police station area. STF Additional SP S Anand said the details of the involvement of two Subedar Majors have been provided to the Army, which will take further action in the matter.
The role of two clerks of zonal recruitment office, who were allegedly involved in the racket, is under investigation and information is being collected about them.