Only 1% aspirants out of total 10,934 appeared were found positive in dope test conducted during Punjab Police Constable recruitment rally in Fatehgarh Sahib. Total candidates called were 14,531 of which 10,934 turned up and 35% passed the test according to data revealed by district police.
Though initially 224 aspirants were found positive in dope test, 99 were reconsidered after they produced a clearance certificate from health department’s de-addiction centre. However, 125 failed to turn up again. Later five of 99 ‘reconsidered’ candidates again failed dope. A total 130 aspirants failed the police recruitment test for consumption of drugs.
“They had taken medicines for some illness like fever, cough and cold etc and not actually consumed drugs,’’ said, SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar, on reconsidered candidates.
Recruitment trials were held in police line, Mahadian to fill 223 vacant posts in the district, from 27 July to 1 September. Trial included dope test, height, 1600 metres race, long jump and high jump.
Maximum fail race
During physical tests, over 40% failed in 1,600 meters race. The SSP cited lack of practice as the reason behind maximum number of aspirants failing the race. ‘‘Aspirants usually start practicejust days before the trial and fail to make it on final day,” he said.