UP Board 12th Exam 2019: A total of 17 people including a superintendent of examination, 14 exam invigilators and 2 private individuals have been arrested in Muzaffarnagar on charges of mass cheating in the ongoing board exams. As per media reports, the UP Board 12th Physics Paper 2019 was also cancelled at Janata Inter College, Muzaffarnagar examination centre following the arrests. Confirming the reports, Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate Ajay Shanker Pandey told the reporters on Sunday that they have filed a police case against 17 people in this regards. He also clarified that the authorities had sent a recommendation to UPMSP to cancel the UP Board 12th Physics Paper 2019 which was conducted on 22nd February 2019 – Saturday following the unearthing of the mass cheating scandal.
DM Pandey also confirmed that an official inquiry has been ordered in the case of mass copying at the examination centre which will be led by Chief Development Officer (CDO) Arachna Verma. He also said that all the examination staff deployed at the Janata Inter College, Muzaffarnagar examination centre has been changed to facilitate smooth conduct of board exams for the future papers. Further providing information about the inquiry probe, DM said that an inquire has also been ordered against the Exam Sector Magistrate i.e. an officer who looks after multiple centres and Exam Station / Centre Magistrate as well.
In the press conference, DM also said that strong action was taken against the copying mafia as they have been arrested under the Gangsters Act. The mass cheating scandal at the examination centre was unearthed when the Special Task Force raided the examination centre following an anonympus tipoff. The officer said that solved examination papers, pistol, mobile phone and examination guides were recovered at the exam centre. He also said a car was also seized from the examination centre which was used to facilitate mass cheating.
Following the press conference, media reports have hinted as to how the mass copying scandal was being run at the examination centre. For this, a gang had hired paper solvers from Delhi, Haryana and Uttarakhand who were taken to the Janata Inter College, Muzaffarnagar to help students answer the exam questions. Due to the presence of CCTV cameras at the examination centre, the invigilators were found to be dictating answers form outside the classroom.