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286 arrested, examination put off after RRB paper leak

In a major breakthrough, the Special Task Force in a pre-dawn swoop..

In a major breakthrough, the Special Task Force (STF) in a pre-dawn swoop on Sunday busted a racket involving leakage of question papers of the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Allahabad, and arrested 286 persons, including 274 candidates and one travel ticket examiner (TTE), accused of leaking question papers of the assistant loco pilot examination, which was to be held on Sunday.

The RRB has postponed the examination and ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter. Chief PRO of North Central Railway (NCR) R D Bajpai said after the STF report, the NCR postponed the examination.

An STF team led by Inspector Navendu Kumar raided Puri Ashram, Kohna, under Jhusi police station in Allahabad around 3 am and arrested 274 candidates seated in a big hall on the ashram campus. A gang of 11 persons was solving the questions on a blackboard.

On the information of the arrested gang members, the STF arrested main accused Bedi Lal, a TTE in Northern Railway, from Lucknow. The STF recovered the original question papers and some cash from the arrested persons. The investigation of the accused might lead to involvement of more railway officers, said sources in the STF.

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The 11-member gang was identified as Pawan Kumar, Rajesh Kumar Suman, Mitrajeet Kumar, Rajeev Ranjan, Naveen Kumar, Alok Ranjan, Brij Bihari Prashad, Dhanjay Kumar and Shashi Sagar (all from Bihar), Rajendra Yadav and Ramesh Pandey from Varanasi.

According to accused Pawan Kumar, they had taken Rs 1-3 lakh from each candidate. All candidates were called and kept in the big hall and were given question papers to memorise their answers.

He, however, refused to disclose the name of the railway officer or the kingpin who obtained the papers.


Out of the 274 arrested candidates, 139 were from Bihar, 100 from Uttar Pradesh, seven from Jharkhand, 23 from Rajasthan, one each from MP, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Orrisa.

There were 37 examination centres in Allahabad to accommodate nearly 50,000 candidates against the 705 posts of assistant loco pilot advertised by the RRB, Allahabad. The railway authorities refused to make any comment, saying it was now a matter of inquiry.

First published on: 15-12-2008 at 02:24 IST
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