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NSF reveals details of 13 accused in NPSC scam
Published on 23 Mar. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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“Without any reasonable doubt, these are the culprits involved in the recent NPSC scandal,” the NSF said on Saturday while releasing names of those involved in the recent NPSC answer script swap scam. The NSF has decided to make public the names after an emergency Presidential meeting convened to chalk out further course of action with regard to NPSC scam after Friday’s protest rally in Kohima . According to a statement issued jointly by NSF president Imchatoba Imchen and general secretary Hetoi Chishi, the NSF expressed disappointment over the slow progress of the investigation process and stated that the voice of thousands of students seeking for justice was no longer a prerogative for the investigating agency alone. The signatories urged upon the investigating agency to probe beyond the 13 culprits and unearth involvement of any other official or staff in the NPSC, besides the 13 named.“All matters concerning the scam shall be strictly updated by the Federation,” the NSF affirmed and extended its support to the investigating agency. “We … call upon the parents of the culprits who are none other than our so-called elite Naga social strata to be ashamed of their actions. These parents must introspect upon what damage they have created for our society. Hence the NSF expects all the concern parents or the guardians should own moral responsibility,” the Federation said. The NSF also made it clear that it would hold the 13 culprits and their family members accountable and responsible for any form of threat or harm issued or perpetrated upon any member of the Investigation agency or the Commission. While the heat over the NPSC answer script scam is on the eleven candidates and two staff of the NPSC, what has remained unanswered is how did the discrepancies appear in the answer scripts of the candidates?. According to a report, the answer books did not match the main answer books pointing to suspicion that these have been replaced during coding, though the original counterfoils were intact. It was also reported that some irregularities were detected in the signatures of the invigilators particularly the inking which also pointed to the usage of different pens between the answer books and the main answer books. This too pointed to suspicion that it was done during coding. A candidate appearing for the higher education lecturer detected that the counterfoils in the answer scripts did not tally as also the signature of the invigilator. Similarly, the horizontal line i.e. marked NPSC did not tally and that the code number appeared to have been entered by different hands. While the two staff- the assistant superintendent and UDA were arrested the same day that the FIR was lodged by the Secretary NPSC, the Controller of Examinations filed for anticipatory bail in the court of the ADC(J)Kohima . The court had issued notice to the Investigating Officer(IO)for case diary on March 5 while rejecting the bail application on the ground that the officer(CE) was the custodian of the tampered answer scripts and therefore required by the IO for investigation. Anticipatory bail was only granted by the High Court on March 18 but from March 3 when the FIR was lodged the police did not take the CE into custody, the report said. As the CE being the custodian of the answer scripts and vested with responsibility of choosing the invigilators and coding of the answer scripts, it was though necessary that police should have proceeded in the right direction, the report said. With the 11 candidates taking the stand that they were not responsible for whatever happened to their answer scripts after these were taken to custody by the NPSC, the case appears to be getting more complicated. The detailed initials of the accused candidates as provided by the NSF included: G. Henatoli Assumi (24 years) daughter of N. G. Sema, Executive Engineer, PWD Litami village, Zunheboto district, permanent address - Duncan Basti Dimapur. V. Kaliho Sema (25 years) daughter of K. Vikheto, Surveyor (Land records) DC Dimapur. Arayi Sumi (27 years) son of Lt. Luveto Chishi, Account Officer Treasury and accounts department Dimapur. Kipito Swu (28 years) son of Rev. Inaho Swu, Reverend, Dimapur Sumi Baptist Akukuhou. Ayeto Swu (31 years) son of Khukiye Swu, Rtd Director School Education, Kilomi village, Zunheboto district, permanent address – Naga Bazaar Kohima. N. Heto Yepthomi, son of Dr. K. C. Nihoshe, Parliamentary Secretary Industries and Commerce, Government of Nagaland, Sukhalu village, Zunheboto district, permanent address - Old Ministers’ Hill Kohima. Tokato Yepthomi (26 years) son of Dr. K. C. Nihoshe, Parliamentary Secretary Industries and Commerce, Government of Nagaland, Sukhalu village, Zunheboto district, permanent address - Old Ministers’ Hill Kohima. Kivitovi V. Yepthomi (26 years) son of Veheshe H. Yepthomi, Chief Medical Officer, Zunheboto, Sukhalu village, Po/Ps Zunheboto, permanent address - Old Town Zunheboto. Alen Wobemo Jami (27 years) son of Ramongo Lotha, former DC Mokokchung, Pangti village, Wokha district, permanent address - Signal Bosti, Dimapur. Nusa Thisa (27 years) son of Chorhisa Thisa, younger brother of Vahine, Senior Treasury Officer in the Directorate, Thenyizumi village, Phek district, permanent addres s - Forest colony, Kohima. Daham Jurry (28 years) daughter of Jonpa Jurry, DIS Meluri, Akhegroo village, Phek district, permanent address - Kitsubozou, Kohima. The two employees who were responsible for the swapping of the answer script in the NPSC included Pohuli, UDA in the NPSC and Zavekho Abao, Assistant.

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