New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) Six candidates appearing in the railway recruitment board's examination for the post of constables in the Railway Protection Force (RPF) have been arrested in connection with the paper's leak, said police Monday.
A trap was laid before the start of the examination, held across India except in Karnataka and Meghalaya, at a private school in west Delhi's Aman Vihar and six candidates - Rahul Mavi (20), Tapish (24), Sunny (22), Robin Kumar (24), Sohanpal, (22) and Tapender (26) - were arrested while solving the paper with the help of answers sent to them through SMS on their mobile phones.
"Six mobile phones having answer keys of all four sets of question papers (in SMS box) and one hand written answer key were seized from the possession of the candidates," said a police officer.
During questioning, the candidates revealed that they had come in contact with different sources who promised them the answer keys to the question paper.
"They assured the candidates that answer keys of all four sets of question paper will be provided before the examination through SMS. For this facility, they were charging Rs.3 to 3.5 lakh or even more. The magnitude of the scam is likely to be in crores of rupees," said Additional Commissioner of Police Ravindra Yadav.
"Preliminary investigation shows that this is a widespread racket which is likely to have multiple sources in leakage of papers," he said.
The examination is being conducted in batches at all-India level except in Karnataka and Meghalaya. The examination was already conducted for two batches on June 16 and June 23.
On Sunday, the exam was being conducted at 350 different venues across Delhi and 180,000 candidates were appearing for the written exam.