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105 held for leaking papers of RRB exam

Source: PTI
February 15, 2009 17:08 IST
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At least 105 people, including some students, were arrested from Jaipur and Bhopal allegedly for leaking question papers of a Railway Recruitment Board examination scheduled for Sunday.

The Railway Recruitment Board Ajmer has postponed its scheduled examination for Assistant Station Master and about 105 persons including aspiring candidates have been detained from Jaipur, Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Kapil Garg said in Jaipur.

"In a joint operation with Rajasthan Special Operations Group and Bhopal Police, 112 people have been arrested in connection with paper leak of the RRB examination. While 14 gang members and 93 aspirants were arrested from Jaipur, rest were arrested from Bhopal," the senior superintendent of police, Speacial Task Force of Uttar Pradesh, Amitabh Yash told PTI in Lucknow.

Yash said that information was being received that a well connected gang was active across the country in leaking question papers of examinations conducted by the RRB. The SSP said that acting on the information; raids were carried out by the STF in Jaipur and Bhopal with the help of the local police.

"During a raid at a motel in Jaipur, 14 members of a gang involved in the racket and 93 aspirants were arrested and question papers were recovered. Similarly in Bhopal four gang members, besides, aspirants were arrested," he said.

"The gang adopted a unique modus operandi. Instead of providing question papers to the aspirants, they used to ask the aspirants to gather at one place on the eve of examination. There the aspirants were asked to learn the question paper. On the examination day, the aspirants were dropped at the centre," Yash added.

He said that the gang members included some former and current railway employees.

"While the gang has its base in Bihar, majority of the aspirants arrested during the two operations also hail from the same state," he said.

"We are still interrogating the people involved as the gang is big in size with its area of operation extending across the country," he added.

He said that three months back a similar racket was busted in Allahabad in which 175 people were arrested.

As many as 75,000 candidates were scheduled to appear in the test to be held on Sunday at five districts in Rajasthan including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer and Bikaner.

The examination had to postpone due to some unavoidable circumstances and a notice to this effect has been pasted at all the examination centres, L R Meena, senior divisional personnel officer, Jaipur division of north-west railway, told PTI.

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