Rlys test paper leaks,109 held

A joint operation by the police forces of three states on Sunday busted a gang involved in leaking question papers of a Railway Recruitment Board...

Written by Express News Service | Jaipur | Lucknow | Bhopal | Published: February 16, 2009 4:37:45 am

A joint operation by the police forces of three states on Sunday busted a gang involved in leaking question papers of a Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) examination,just hours before candidates were to take the test.

The Rajasthan Police,in a joint operation with the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force,arrested 105 people from Jaipur,mostly candidates who were to take the exams at the Ajmer centre. Four were arrested in Madhya Pradesh. More arrests are likely.

Following the arrests,the RRB postponed the written test for the post of Assistant Station Master. A new date would be announced later.

“The UP STF got in touch with us after they received a tip-off about a leak of the RRB question paper. On Sunday,we arrested 105 people,including 94 candidates,with copies of fully solved papers,in a joint operation,” Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Kapil Garg said. Those arrested included 11 of a gang,all from Bihar,who allegedly sold the papers. “We are trying to trace the source of the leak,” Garg said.

According to railway officials,close to 75,000 candidates were to take the test.

“Of the 94 candidates arrested from Jaipur,four were from Rajasthan while more than 80 were from Bihar,” Garg said. The 11 accused took the willing candidates to hotels where they were given the answers of all the questions,he added. Sources said each solved question paper was sold for around Rs 4 lakh.

In Bhopal,where candidates who were to take the test in Kota had gathered,the police arrested four persons from a hotel acting on a tip-off from the UP Police. Officers said the four from Bihar were arrested with copies of the question paper. The candidates who were sold the question papers could not be caught as they had already left for Kota by the time the police reached the hotel,said sources.

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