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Assam Police Job Scam: Prime accused still absconding; CID raid continues

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GUWAHATI: Two prime accused allegedly involved with the Assam police job scam – PK Dutta and Diban Deka were yet to be arrested by the Assam police till Friday evening.

Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order) Gyanendra Pratap Singh said, “We have collected sufficient evidence to file a strong charge sheet against the accused of the question paper leak case. The investigation is going on in the right direction. We will get the prime accused soon.”

Till Friday, the Assam Police arrested 7 accused in connection with the case. Accused Pranjal Baruah, Ashok Das, Pranab Bora and Sanjib Sarma were presented at the Court following which they were taken under police custody for five days while other accused – Bimal Thapa, Dhrubajyoti and Alakesh Baishya were forwarded to jail.

Notably, PK Dutta retired as Deputy Inspector General of Police six months ago while Diban Deka is said to be a senior leader of the ruling state BJP.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Guwahati, Barun Purkayastha said, “There was no fresh arrest in relation to the question paper leak case on Friday. Earlier, we raided the residence and two hotels owned by PK Dutta in connection with the case.”

However, the criminal investigation department (CID) was still continuing raids in various places to collect evidence related to the case.  

Notably, the CID also questioned a State BJP leader for his alleged involvement in the leakage that saw 50 candidates appear for the “written test” at a lodge in Guwahati on September 19, a day before the scheduled date of exam.

The already cancelled examination, conducted on September 20 for recruiting 597 posts of Sub-Inspectors of the Assam Police, was conducted by the State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB) in which 66,000 candidates appeared for.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal categorically directed the Assam police to catch the culprits at the earliest. The Chief Minister sought action against any “vested interest” that conspired to derail the recruitment process. He also asked the SLPRB to re-conduct the same examination within a month.

Earlier, absconding accused Diban Deka alleged that the many ‘big people’ and ‘dishonest officers’ of the Assam police were involved in the nexus who leaked the question paper of the examination.

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