Mobile internet services suspended in 25 districts of Assam over exam malpractice concerns

Mobile internet services in 25 districts in Assam were suspended for four hours on Sunday to prevent possible misconduct as the state government held written exams for grade IV positions in its various departments.

In addition, CPRC Section 144 restraining orders were issued in the districts where the exams were taking place, a senior government official said.

The director of Cachar College in Silchar was arrested by the police for alleged gross negligence in carrying out the examination.

Police said the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar District filed an FIR at Silchar Police Station this morning against Principal Siddhartha Sankar Nath after visiting the facility.

The DC claimed that the director did not conduct the review in accordance with the guidelines issued for this purpose.

Nath was arrested based on the complaint, police said.

More than 14.30 lakh candidates are expected to apply for nearly 30,000 grade III and IV positions, with exams scheduled for August 21-28 and September 11.

While the Grade IV exams took place on Sunday in two shifts, the tests for the Grade III positions will take place on the other two dates. All examinations are conducted by the Secondary Education Board, Assam (SEBA).

Senior officials from private telecom operators Airtel and Jio told PTI that internet services had been suspended in 25 districts for four hours, in line with instructions from the Assam government.

“Dear customers, in accordance with the government directive, mobile internet services are temporarily interrupted in your area between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.,” reads a text message from Airtel to its subscribers.

Similar messages have been sent by other carriers to their customers across the state.

On August 17, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said internet services would be suspended during exam hours to prevent possible malfeasance during the recruitment process.

Meanwhile, Assam Police said in a tweet that Section 144 of the CrPC has been enacted in and around the exam venues for the three days to conduct the tests in a “free, fair and transparent manner”.

In accordance with an official order, the gathering of people within 100 meters of each examination center other than candidates, scribes and officials in charge of conduct and supervision has been prohibited.

Bringing cell phones to test centers has also been banned.

Restraining orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have also been imposed within a 100 meter radius of the SEBA office in Guwahati until receipt, filing and review of response scripts is complete. finished.

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