Seventeen persons out of 356 who appeared in physical efficiency test for recruitment of constables in Punjab police on Wednesday were found positive for drug abuse here.
The process for recruitment of 7,416 constables (6,252 men and 1,164 women) started across the state on Wednesday. Under the process, physical measurement and physical efficiency test of applicants will be conducted.
“Of the 17, fifteen were found positive for amphetamine, while two for marijuana and opium,” said Swapan Sharma, Bathinda senior superintendent of police. “Those found positive for amphetamine have claimed that they were taking prescribed medicines. As per the instructions, their cases will be sent to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot, where experts will look into the case,” he added.
Over 27,000 men have applied for the recruitment and the test is being conducted at the police lines in Bathinda district.
The test is only being conducted on men.
Besides, over 33,000 women from seven districts — Bathinda, Mansa, Moga, Muktsar, Ferozepur, Fazilka and Faridkot — have applied for the recruitment. Their tests are being conducted at Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering and Technology.
The test is being conducted by taking urine samples of the applicants. Those found positive, are being told to go to the de-addiction centres.
The test will ascertain presence of five types of drugs — morphine, benzodiazepines, marijuana, amphetamine, propoxyphene — in the applicant’s body. Earlier, the police had claimed to call 600 applicants for the physical test daily, but the SSP said only 400 were called on Wednesday. “The number will be increased subsequently,” he added.
18 test positive in Mansa
Mansa: The first day of the police recruitment session saw many candidates anxious in Mansa over the newly introduced dope test. Out of 400 candidates scheduled to appear on day one, 37 did not turn up at the police lines centre.
“We have heard the term only in a negative sense. Only when an athlete fails the test, it hits the headlines,” said Manjeet Singh, a local candidate. “Out of 363 candidates, 18 failed the dope test. Out of these 18 candidates, 3 refused to undergo further test at the de-addiction centre,” said SSP Mukhwinder Singh.
Manjeet added that 236 had qualified all the tests, while 127 disqualified it.
19 of 356 fail test in Moga
Moga: Nineteen of the 356 aspirants who appeared in the test here were tested positive for drug abuse on Wednesday.
129 candidates qualified all the tests — dope, measurement, race, long jump and high jump —, while 226 aspirants were disqualified.
A batch of 400 aspirants was called on the first day at Guru Nanak College ground here, but 44 remained absent.
Meanwhile, one of the aspirants was in the pending list as he failed to pass urine during the dope test.
Nine cases in Faridkot
Faridkot: Of the 253 who appeared in the test till 4pm here, nine failed the test. The police had called 500 candidates on the first day, but 100 candidates remained absent from the test.
The physical test was conducted at Nehru Stadium. Though the candidates were asked to report at 5:30am, the test began at 10:00am.