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119 arrested for Railways paper leak

india Updated: Feb 16, 2009 00:02 IST
Rohit Singh

The Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday claimed to have unearthed a national level scandal in the leakage of question papers of the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) examinations.

The STF sleuths arrested 119 persons in Jaipur and Bhopal. The arrested persons included 15 gang members and 94 candidates who approached these gang members to get the questions papers for exams for the post of assistant station master to be held on Sunday.

Additional Director General (ADG) Law and Order, Brijlal said 11 members of the gang were arrested in Jaipur while four were held in Bhopal. All the candidates were arrested in Jaipur where they were asked by gang members to gather on Saturday (February 14) to receive the question papers. He said the team failed to arrest the candidates who gathered in Bhopal as they were provided the question papers two days earlier.

Brijlal said the STF sleuth got wind of the nexus by continuously tracking the movement of sacked chief traveling ticket examiner Bedi Lal, who was arrested for leaking questions in the previous RRB examination in Lucknow in December last year.

His arrest was made when a similar racket was busted during the examination for the post of assistant loco pilot in Allahabad. The police unearthed the scam as in that case, candidates were called to their examination centers to receive the papers.

Bedi Lal reactivated the racked after being released on bail, said Brijlal. The STF, however, are hunting for Bedi Lal, who is on the run. He said the arrested gang members revealed that Bedi Lal was the mastermind behind the racket and that he provided them the question papers for sale to candidates.

The ADG said the maximum number of 82 candidates belonged from Bihar. Around six candidates were from different districts of UP while one each was from Haryana and West Bengal. He said the Jaipur and Bhopal police would carry out further investigations.