GUWAHATI, March 14: The Assam police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) has arrested three people and detained 19 others in connection to a question paper leak, which led to the cancellation of the Class 10 General Science examination on Monday.
“22 persons have been detained from Guwahati, North Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sadiya, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia district. Further lawful action as mandated by law is being taken against them. We remain committed to unearth the network of people involved in leakage of the question paper and the conspirators,” director general of police (DGP), GP Singh said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Assam police spokesperson Prasanta Bhuyan said that out of the 22 detainees, three have been arrested so far and more of the accused are likely to be arrested as investigation proceeds further.
The three arrested persons have been identified as Jyotirekha Borgohain, Herambo Kumar Das and Bindeshwar Tumung.
Jyotirekha and Herambo Kumar are teachers at Bhanwari Devi Saraogi Government Higher Secondary School, Guwahati while Tumung works as a driver, according to the police.
CID on Tuesday morning detained seven students of a private school in Dibrugarh district.
The state education minister Ranoj Pegu, however, said some people have been arrested. He did not share details of the arrests, citing the ongoing probe.
The Assam Police registered a criminal case and the CID was handed over the investigation on Monday.
“A probe is going on, so l can’t share much details about the case,” the state education minister told reporters outside the Assam Assembly.
He said that some teachers have also been arrested and termed the development as “unfortunate”.
Pegu had on Monday said: “There is no question of involvement of teachers. The papers are kept at police stations and taken to examination centres only on the morning of the test day.”
The minister also appealed to the people to share any information related to the case with the police.
The general science examination, which was scheduled to be held Monday, was cancelled by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA) on Sunday night following reports that the question paper had been leaked.
In a notification on Monday, SEBA said that March 30 was the revised date for the exam. (With inputs from PTI)