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Assam Govt officials held in Job scam, more arrests likely

Assam Govt officials held in Job scam, more arrests likely”

Forensic examination including handwriting tests had confirmed the alleged involvement of 25 officers.

Those arrested today were posted in posts such as circle officer, employment officer, deputy superintendent of police, deputy commandant in police batallions.

The police had past year arrested APSC Chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul and members of the Commission, including Samedur Rahman and Basanta Kumar Doley, and three other officials of the Commission who allegedly took money for selecting candidates for the state services. He was serving as a lawyer before he was appointed as the APSC member.

They turned out to be fake by forensic examination.Three other officers of state civil services were arrested earlier after their fake answer sheets of APSC selection examination were seized from the residence of Rakesh Paul during raids conducted after Paul's arrest."In these fake answer scripts, candidates' marks were manipulated , As Reported By TOI". All officials will be presented at the court and then they will be taken into police custody for further interrogation. Among these 25, police have arrested 12 officers and two are suspected to be absconding. "The investigating team collected handwriting samples of the officials after their answer scripts found doubtful", the top police official said. Police sources said that 14 more officers are likely to be arrested in the next few days.

Reports claim that the arrested are Hemanta Hillol Saikia, Jayanta Kumar Das, Sabira Imran, Pallabika Sarma Choudhury, Harsha Jyoti Bora, Sudipta Goswami Bharadwaj, Debajit Bora, Amarjit Das, Dipankar Khanikar, Aniruddha Bora and Hinmangshu Choudhury.

The Dibrugarh police questioned the arrested officials at the head quarter of Assam Police Special Branch at Kahilipara in Guwahati.

Special public prosecutor Bijon Kumar Mahajan said the arrests reaffirm the State governments zero tolerance against corruption.

Assam police on Wednesday arrested 12 government officers including eight civil servants and four police officers in connection with the cash for jobs scam involving Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).



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