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Assam govt orders probe into civil services exam anomalies



Guwahati: Assam government has ordered a probe by an Additional Chief Secretary into the alleged irregularities in recently declared results of civil services examinations. “The state government said that five cases regarding anomalies in the civil services examinations conducted by the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) have been referred to the one-man inquiry commission, headed by Additional Chief Secretary Subash Chandra Das,” an official release said.

The government had received five specific cases regarding anomalies in the results of the civil services examination announced earlier this year and those cases would be probed by the one-man commission, it added. Meanwhile, protests continued for the third consecutive day across the state demanding release of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi. During the day, sympathisers at many places burnt tyres on roads to block the traffic, but were swiftly cleared by security forces and authorities.

In the state capital, a protest meeting was held, where people from various walks of life termed the arrest of the RTI activist Akhil Gogoi as “undemocratic”. On June 16, peasant leader Akhil Gogoi and five others were arrested and sent to 14 days’ judicial custody for allegedly instigating his supporters to prevent APSC staff from entering the office.

Gogoi was on a three-day sit-in strike since June 15 in front of the APSC head office demanding a probe into the alleged corruption in the recently declared results of state civil services exams and removal of APSC’s present Chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul.

Following their arrest, KMSS members and supporters have been protesting across the state. Some members tried to block trains by protesting on tracks at a few places in Upper Assam.