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Another leak: Rly exam cancelled

IN A major breakthrough, special task force (STF) sleuths busted a gang involved in leaking Group-D examination paper of the Railway recruitment cell on Sunday. The exam held at various centres was declared cancelled later following arrest of 16 of the gang members, including the kingpin, chief travelling ticket examiner (CTTE) Bedi Lal in Lucknow.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 01:09 IST

IN A major breakthrough, special task force (STF) sleuths busted a gang involved in leaking Group-D examination paper of the Railway recruitment cell on Sunday. The exam held at various centres was declared cancelled later following arrest of 16 of the gang members, including the kingpin, chief travelling ticket examiner (CTTE) Bedi Lal in Lucknow.

The cops were hunting for another key member of the gang Rashmi Chandra, who runs an NGO in Jhansi.

The cops were probing how exactly the paper was leaked to the gang.
The gang had provided leaked papers to hundreds of candidates through their agents for money ranging from Rs 1 to 1.25 lakh. The agents had collected Rs 20,000 as first installment and rest was to be paid after selection of the candidate. To ensure that payment was done later, the agents had collected original educational documents of these candidates.

SSP STF SK Bhagat and additional SP Rajesh Pandey were tipped off about the gang’s activity while staying at different places in Lucknow.

Following the tip-off, a team led by ASPs Pandey and Vijay Bhushan and deputy SPs Shahab Rashid Khan and Jai Prakash raided a house in Aashiana colony and arrested Krishna Kumar from 360, Sector-H house. The cops on Sunday found candidates involved in copying solved paper of 150 questions.

Krishna Kumar revealed about the kingpin Bedi following which the police team raided the latter’s residence at 3/52, Vikrant Khand, Gomti Nagar. The cops recovered cash, addresses and documents of dozens of the candidates belonging to UP, Bihar and some South Indian districts from the place.

Later, separate police teams were formed and raids were conducted at Vikas Nagar, Hazratganj, Krishna Nagar, Indira Nagar and Madiaon areas. The cops arrested 14 other members of the gang identified as Sanjay Srivastava, Manoj Kumar Maurya, Shailesh Kumar Singh, RK Singh, Vipul Dubey, BM Tripathi, AK Singh, Krishna Kant, Dharmendra Kumar, Ramesh Chandra Patel, Mohammad Aslam, Awadhesh Singh, Sunil Kumar and Akhtar Husain alias Munna.

The cops also recovered three cars, photocopies of solved papers, six mobile phones and photocopies of the admit cards of hundreds of the candidates.
Soon after the arrest and seizure of the paper, the cops faxed a set of the leaked and solved paper to divisional railway manager (DRM) of Northern Railway office on Sunday morning besides briefing him personally about the operation.
STF sleuths later met the DRM seeking his help to provide the original paper brought here on Saturday morning. The cops matched the original paper with that of the leaked one. The leakage was established as it matched completely with the original one.

Though the exam at various centres began at 11 am it was declared cancelled later.Meanwhile, the Northern Railway said the date of re-examination would be announced later.
Addressing a press conference, it’s DRM RK Gupta was, however, not sure whether the third phase of the exam, to be held on March 5, would be called off too. “It cannot be said unless and until some untoward development of a similar kind takes place,” the DRM added.

Over 78000 students (six lakh northern region candidates in total) had descended here from different parts of the State and other states for the examination.

The exam was to be held in nine centres under the NR zone. They were Lucknow, Moradabad, Dehradun, Ambala, Firozepur, Jammu Tavi, Amritsar, Delhi, and Chandigarh.

In the February 12 examination of the class IV employees the turnout was abysmally low — 22 per cent. However, the turnout in Sunday’s exam was between 35 and 40 per cent, said the DRM. The exams were organised in 106 centres across the city..

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 01:09 IST