of the centre. They were allegedly using sophisticated mobile applications on smart-phones to do this.
Following raids, the CBI arrested 16 people allegedly involved in leaking the entrance test papers.
Subject experts, who were sitting hundreds of kilometres away in Patna and Hyderabad, were delivering the answers of the papers to the ‘beneficiaries’ inside the examination halls through touts sitting in hotels in Chandigarh.
Can provide assistance, but can’t depute constables: SSP
The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Chandigarh, Naunihal Singh, when asked about the number of lady constables who will be deputed to frisk students for the December 8 examination, he said the police could not depute lady constables. “We have not received any communication from PGI authorities, so far. Even if we do receive a request, it is not possible to depute lady constables. All we can do is that if any candidate is found using unfair means, we can register a case and investigate the matter,” the SSP said.
He added, “The examination was being conducted by PGI. So they have to ensure that students do not use unfair means. It is the job of an invigilator, and not of a police official. If the PGI authorities want, we can give them guidance with regard to the precautions they should take”.
Pointing out the precautions taken by the authorities who conducted the examination of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), the SSP said that it could be an example for the PGI authorities. Without the use of mobile phone signal jammers and other such equipment, the PPSC authorities were able to conduct the exam peacefully.
Rupanjali Karthik, PPSC secretary, said, “At a meeting of senior officials, a suggestion was made to install jammers at all the examination centres. However, when the expenses and consumption of labour of the entire programme was calculated, the idea was dropped”.
PPSC authorities had decided to install six hundred jammers, she said. Karthik added that jammers were not sufficient to block signals from all the telecom service providers.
The PPSC authorities then approached the Punjab Police and police constables in civil clothes were deputed at all the centre. The constables helped the invigilators. Also, the invigilators were made to undergo a training programme.
The UT police department has, so far, not received any request from the PGI authorities to depute lady constables to frisk women candidates at all the examination centres on December 8.