At least 29 people including examinees and guardians have been arrested in separate drives in Dhaka, Mymensingh and Naogaon on Saturday and Sunday as the law enforcers have continued the dragnet against the gangs of SSC question paper leakage.
Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested 14 persons from different parts of Dhaka metropolitan area and eight others, including three SSC examinees and five guardians, from different parts of Mymensingh district while the National Security Intelligence (NSI) personnel arrested seven others from different parts of Naogaon on charges of leaking question papers.
The arrestees confessed their link to question paper leakage using different social networking sites and OTT apps such as facebook, messenger, and WhatsApp during preliminary interrogation.
In a press conference, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Md Abdul Baten said, “We have arrested 14 persons including three brothers from different parts of the capital city on charges of leaking SSC question papers and recovered one laptop, 23 smart phones and Taka 2 lakh cash from their possessions on Saturday.”
He also said, “It is hardly possible for the examinees to get benefit from the question paper leakage as the real question papers are leaked just 30 to 40 minutes before the examination, from the exam centres.”
The question papers have been leaked from the examination centers using mobile phones taking snapshots, he added.
The arrestees are: Md Rahat Islam, Md Salahuddin, Md Sujon, Md Zahid Hossain, Sufal Roy alias Shaon, Al Amin, Saidul Islam, Abir Islam Noman, Shahadat Hossain alias Swapon, Fahim Islam, Tahsib Rahman, three brothers Aman Ullah, Barkat Ullah, and Ahsanullah. They were arrested from different parts of the Dhaka city. Ahsanullah is a student of Sirajul Islam Medical College.
In another drive, DB personnel arrested eight persons including five guardians and three SSC examinees on charges of question paper leakage early Sunday from different parts of Mymensingh division.
“We arrested Israt Jahan, 25, Ariful Islam, 18, Rakib Mia,18, Rafiqul Islam, 20,Khairul Islam,16, Zakaria,16, Fazle Rabbi Rumi,16 and Sourav Barman, 16, from three centres of Mymensingh," officer-in-charge (OC) Ashikur Rahman of Mymensingh district DB told local newsmen.
They were arrested as the leaked question paper of mathematics was found on their mobile phones, he said, adding that three separate cases were lodged with Kotwali Model Police Station to this end.
During the drives conducted at different parts of Naogaon, the NSI personnel arrested seven persons including two teachers early Sunday.
The arrestees are: Al Mamun, 29, Zahid Hasan Iman,16, Mortuza Ahmed Hadi, 16, Provat Kumar Mohonto, 16, Anwar Hossain, 30, Zohirul Islam, 16, and Israfil Alam 16.
Separate cases were lodged to this end.