UP TET paper leak: 29 arrested so far; Yogi Adityanath invokes NSA, Gangster Act against accused

UP TET paper leak: 29 arrested so far; Yogi Adityanath invokes NSA, Gangster Act against accused
© Provided by Firstpost UP TET paper leak: 29 arrested so far; Yogi Adityanath invokes NSA, Gangster Act against accused

The Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET) scheduled to be held on Sunday was cancelled after a question paper for the exam was allegedly leaked.

In a statement, the Uttar Pradesh government said 29 people have been arrested in this connection while Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said he will invoke the National Security Act and Gangster Act against the accused.

Close to 20 lakh candidates were to appear for UPTET on Sunday that was scheduled to be conducted at exam centres across 75 districts. They will now appear in a rescheduled exam, to be held within a month by the Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board (UPBEB) and the government will bear the entire expenditure on the re-examination, said Basic Education Department Additional Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar.

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Of the 29 arrests, 16 are made from Prayagraj. They include Satya Prakash Singh, an assistant teacher at a primary school in the city’s Shankargarh area. When searched, he was found to have the solved question paper in his WhatsApp. Rajendra Patel, the alleged mastermind of the whole operation, and Chaturbhuj Singh, one of the key players, were also among those arrested from Prayagraj, according to the government statement.

Besides, police arrested other members of the gang, including one Sunny Singh, who was instrumental in sourcing solvers from Bihar, the statement said.

Four persons were arrested from Lucknow district and one each from Kaushambi, Ayodhya, and Ambedkarnagar. Three persons were arrested from the Shamli district. These three had procured 10 copies of the question paper for Rs 5 lakh and had taken Rs 50,000 from 50-60 candidates each to give them access to the papers for reading and memorising. Search is on for the rest of the members of the gang, the government said.

From the arrested persons, photocopies of the question papers, mobile phones, pen drives, notes and other items were recovered, the UP government said.

Government action

“A question paper was leaked. I issued an order to cancel the examination and arrest the racketeers. Instructions were also given to conduct the exam within a month, and that no candidate should be charged additional fee,” Adityanath said addressing a function in Deoria district on Sunday.

UPTET के अभ्यर्थियों के साथ प्रदेश सरकार खड़ी है।

01 माह के अंदर पारदर्शी तरीके से पुनः परीक्षा आयोजित होगी।

किसी भी अभ्यर्थी से कोई अतिरिक्त शुल्क नहीं लिया जाएगा।

परीक्षा देने वाले अभ्यर्थियों को आने-जाने हेतु @UPSRTCHQ की बसों में निःशुल्क यात्रा की सुविधा दी जाएगी।

— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) November 28, 2021

He said orders were given to transport the students back to their home towns in UPSRTC buses free of cost on the basis of their admit cards. “Those who have committed this act should listen that cases will be registered against them under the Gangster Act and the National Security Act,” he said.

Later in a Hindi tweet, the chief minister said properties will be seized by the government of those involved in the act.

UPTET का पेपर लीक करने वाले गिरोह को गिरफ्तार करने के निर्देश दिए जा चुके हैं।

दोषियों को चिह्नित कर त्वरित कार्रवाई की जा रही है।

दोषियों के विरुद्ध गैंगस्टर एक्ट के तहत मुकदमा दर्ज कर उनकी संपत्ति भी जब्त की जाएगी।

— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) November 28, 2021

Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order Prashant Kumar said the matter will be probed by the UP STF and people or organisations involved in it will not be spared.

Adityanath in a tweet said, “The state government is standing with the candidates of UPTET, and a re-exam will be held in a transparent manner within one month.” “Those who have played with the future of our young brothers and sisters will not be spared. People who have caused inconvenience to you will definitely be punished. Your government is committed to conduct the exams in a fair and transparent manner,” he said in another tweet.

Opposition reaction

No sooner had the news of the paper leak broke than the Opposition leaders slammed the government.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said such incidents have become a norm under BJP’s rule in the state. “Cancellation of the UPTET examination due to the leak of the question paper is like playing with the future of nearly 20 lakh aspirants. Paper leaks, cancellation of the examination is common in the BJP government,” he said in a Hindi tweet. “Corruption in education in UP is at an all-time high. The unemployed will usher in a revolution, and there will be a change in 2022,” he said.

UPTET 2021 की परीक्षा का पेपर लीक होने की वजह से रद्द होना बीसों लाख बेरोज़गार अभ्यर्थियों के भविष्य के साथ खिलवाड़ है। भाजपा सरकार में पेपर लीक होना, परीक्षा व परिणाम रद्द होना आम बात है।

उप्र शैक्षिक भ्रष्टाचार के चरम पर है।

बेरोज़गारों का इंक़लाब होगा ~ बाइस में बदलाव होगा!

— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) November 28, 2021

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too alleged that corruption in education and recruitment has become common under the BJP.

भर्तियों में भ्रष्टाचार, पेपर आउट ही भाजपा सरकार की पहचान बन चुका है। आज यूपी टेट का पेपर आउट होने की वजह से लाखों युवाओं की मेहनत पर पानी फिर गया।

हर बार पेपर आउट होने पर @myogiadityanath जी की सरकार ने भ्रष्टाचार में शामिल बड़ी मछलियों को बचाया है, इसलिए भ्रष्टाचार चरम पर है। pic.twitter.com/gdEz5az7iq

— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) November 28, 2021

BSP chief Mayawati in a tweet in Hindi criticised the BJP and also the previous SP government for such incidents and asked for a high-level probe into the matter from the current government.

“The UP government must take this incident very seriously, get a high-level probe done, ensure that the guilty are punished, and make concrete arrangements to reconduct this examination. This is the demand of the BSP,” she said.

1. जिस प्रकार सपा सरकार में नकल आम बात होती थी, उसी प्रकार भाजपा सरकार में भी पेपर लीक होने से यूपी में शिक्षकों की भर्ती के लिए आज की उत्तर प्रदेश शिक्षक पात्रता परीक्षा (यूपीटीईटी) का रद्द हो जाना अति-गंभीर मामला। करीब 21 लाख परीक्षार्थियों के भविष्य के साथ खिलवाड़ उचित नहीं।

— Mayawati (@Mayawati) November 28, 2021

2. यूपी सरकार इस ताजा घटना को पूरी गंभीरता से लेकर इसकी अति-शीघ्र उच्च-स्तरीय जाँच कराए एवं दोषियों को सख्त कानूनी सजा सुनिश्चित करे तथा आगे यथाशीघ्र इस परीक्षा को सुचारू रूप से कराने की पुख्ता व्यवस्था सुनिश्चित करे, बीएसपी की यह माँग।

— Mayawati (@Mayawati) November 28, 2021

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that because of the Adityanath government’s failure, the future of nearly 20 lakh youths has suffered a setback.

BJP MP Varun Gandhi has demanded action against the education mafia and their political patrons. “UPTET exam paper leak is like playing with the future of lakhs of youth. Action against small fish of this swamp will not work. Government should take strict action against the education mafia and their political patrons. Most of the educational institutions are owned by political influencers, when will action be taken against them?” tweeted the BJP MP in Hindi.

UPTET परीक्षा पेपर लीक होना लाखों युवाओं के भविष्य से खिलवाड़ है। इस दलदल की छोटी मछलियों पर कार्यवाही से काम नहीं चलेगा, उनके राजनैतिक संरक्षक शिक्षा माफियाओं पर कठोर कार्यवाही करे सरकार। क्योंकि अधिकांश शिक्षण संस्थानों के मालिक राजनैतिक रसूख दार हैं, इनपर कार्यवाही कब होगी?? pic.twitter.com/y64371G3aN

— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) November 29, 2021

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