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Assam Public Services Commission’s lockers to be sealed after chairman’s arrest

Earlier A Huge Quantity Of Paper Was Set Ablaze In The Office Chamber Of A Member Who Dubbed These As Non-official Papers That May Help Dengue Mosquitoes To Breed.

PTI | Updated on: 08 Nov 2016, 12:17:10 AM
Assam Public Services Commission (source: apsc.nic.in)

Guwahati:

After the arrest of Assam Public Services Commission's chairman on Friday, lockers of the commission are set to be sealed for further investigation.

Earlier a huge quantity of paper was set ablaze in the office chamber of a member who dubbed these as "non-official papers" that may help dengue mosquitoes to breed.

Security and other personnel in the APSC office said a huge quantity of paper was set ablaze in the office chamber of APSC member Basanta Kumar Doley within minutes of APSC Chairman Rakesh Paul's arrest on November 4.

Some journalists claimed that half burnt envelopes with names of candidates taking various examinations conducted by APSC were also found.

When asked by the media, Doley said "I told my office attender to burn the non-official papers lying in my room as they were potent places for dengue mosquitoes to breed in a closed AC room."

"There were too many mosquitoes in my room and it is said dengue mosquitoes breed in room AC's water. So I asked for the papers to be taken out and burnt. They are not official documents, only waste papers were burnt," Doley asserted.

Attender Til Bahadur Chetri said he had burnt the papers "on the orders of sir (Doley). He (Doley) gave me the papers in bags and I burnt them. I don't know what papers they contained as I did not check them. Besides, I cannot read so I do not know what they were".

Investigating officer of Dibrugarh district and its Additional Superintendent of Police Surjit Singh Paneshar said police will inquire into the incident and a special team may be sent from Dibrugarh district to probe it.

On sealing the Commission's office, Paneshar said there are technical problems in doing so but it will investigate into the paper burning incident.

Police has meanwhile taken the call details of Paul's mobile phone to find out which people and APSC examinees, if any, he had communicated with.

Police is also on the lookout for Paul's brother Rajib in whose printing press the duplicate answer scripts with APSC logo were printed.

Examination of those applying for APSC civil service and sanctioned posts were held in exchange of money.

Police said APSC examination answer scripts can only be printed at the government press and the cash-for-job examinees wrote their exams in the private printing press, a five star hotel in the city and private apartments as evidenced by the recovery of answer scripts from those places.

The examinees were provided duplicate answer scripts and books to write afresh their answers to replace their original answer scripts, the police said, adding these had been sent for forensic examination.

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First Published : 08 Nov 2016, 12:13:00 AM

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