Two days after the Assam Police SI exam papers were leaked in social media, at least nine persons have been arrested from the state capital Guwahati, its nearby areas and from Nagaon district in central Assam for allegedly leaking the question papers.
The state’s Crime Investigating Department (CID) that was deputed by Chief Minister Sarbananada Sonowal to probe into the issue, said, prime accused Sanjib Sarma has been arrested from Guwahati’s Jyotinagar area.
Several question papers for the Forest department and Water resource department recruitment examinations have also been recovered from Baruah’s residence.
He was arrested in a raid conducted by Guwahati Police’s crime branch and has already been taken to police custody after being presented to the Chief Judiciary Magistrate.
Meanwhile, another Hirok Jyoti Baruah, an aspirant of the exam from whose mobile phone, the papers were allegedly leaked was arrested in Nagaon district. Baruah hails from Karbi Anglong in NC Hills districts.
The Guwahati city police had also raided ‘Thank You’ lodge in Ganeshguri area of the city where clandestine mock tests were conducted.
“Around 50 aspirants had participated in the lodge a night before the exam (Saturday) on the question papers for the exams, that they already had. Several copies of the question papers have been recovered from the lodge,” a senior police official said.
Four personnel of the lodge – Alokesh Baishya, Pranjal Sarma, Bimal Thapa and Pranab Bora – have been picked up and the CCTV surveillance footages of the lodge have been seized for identifying the aspirants who had participated in the said mock test.
Earlier on Tuesday, an employee of Water Resource department, Jugami Brahma, was arrested who had promised several aspirants of getting the question papers. An aspirant, Kushal Das of Sualkuchi in Kamrup district, about 34 km from Guwahati, have been arrested from Brahma’s call record.
All the arrests were made under a case (21/2020) registered in CID police station under section 120B and 409 of Indian Penal Code that deals in criminal conspiracy and crimes committed by public servant along with section 66 B of Information Technology Act,2000 that deals in stolen information or property through computer or internet.
Exams for the recruitment of 529 S.I.(UB) in Assam Police had been cancelled mid exam after its question papers surfaced in Social media last Sunday.
CM Sonowal directed the Chairman of the ‘State Level Police Recruitment Board’ (SLPRB), Pradeep Kumar to conduct re-examination for the posts of Sub-Inspector in the Assam police within a month.