Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) arrested 11 people, including a primary school teacher suspected to be the mastermind behind leaking question papers of tubewell operators’ recruitment examination from Meerut on Sunday morning.
The recruitment examination, which was scheduled to be held at 364 centres across the state on Sunday, was cancelled following reports of the leak. The UP Subordinate Service Selection Commission or UPSSSC said the fresh schedule for the examination will be announced soon.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of STF Abhishek Singh said 11 people, including 5 aspirants and 6 involved in leaking the question papers have been held along with the alleged mastermind, Sachin Chowdhary.
He said Chowdhary managed to leak the question papers through his links and sold it for around rupees 7 lakh each. He also said the police had laid out a plan to catch Chowdhary red-handed when he was going to hand over the question papers to the aspirants, around 15 hours before the examination.
Singh said government authorities were alerted about the leak after it was found that the questions papers seized from those arrested matched with the real question papers. Subsequently, authorities announced their decision to postpone the examination.
Uttar Pradesh Subordinate Service Selection Commission (UPSSSC) examinations(for tubewell operators) paper leak case: UP Special Task Force has arrested 11 people in connection with the case. Mobile phones, documents, Rs 15 lakh cash seized. #Meerut pic.twitter.com/7q4Z47IKFA— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 2, 2018
The SSP said the STF team has also recovered around ₹ 15 lakh, admit cards of several examinees and over a dozen mobile phones from the arrested people. The force is quizzing Chowdhary about the source from where he had arranged the papers.
The police said in the past few days, Chowdhary frequently made phone calls on specific numbers which might be of those suspected to be involved in leaking the papers. Further raids are on for arrest of some more people involved in the racket.
Notably, the tubewell operator exam was scheduled for a total of 3210 vacancies and nearly 2 lakh aspirants had applied for it. As soon as the reports of cancellation of the exam were made public, the students started protesting outside the centres and raised slogans over against the authorities.