West Bengal Police arrest ex-DIG of Assam over police recruitment scam
Former Assam Police DIG Prasanta Kumar Dutta was arrested by the West Bengal Police for leaking question papers in the 2011 Assam Police recruitment test. He was arrested from the India-Nepal border on October 6. Following the directions of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the CID, and the Crime Branch of Assam Police have been probing the exam paper leak case.
Former Assam Police DIG Prasanta Kumar Dutta was arrested by West Bengal Police for leaking question papers in the 2011 Assam Police recruitment test.
Dutta, along with former BJP leader Diban Deka, was absconding since the police recruitment scam came to light on September 20.
Assam Police had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh each for providing any information that could lead to their arrest.
Diban Deka was arrested soon after he surrendered at Pathacharkuchi in Barpeta district on September 30 night. The state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party expelled him from the organisation.
So far, 33 people including a few women have been arrested in connection with the paper leak scam.
A police spokesperson said, “Dutta has been detained on the strength of the Look Out Circular issued by CID Assam. Now, he has been handed over to the West Bengal Police. Assam Police would take him in custody in due course and bring him to Guwahati.”
The chairman of Assam State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB), Pradeep Kumar, quit the post last month citing moral responsibility for the recruitment test paper leak that resulted in the cancellation of the written exam on September 20.
Following the directions of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the CID and the Crime Branch of Assam Police have been probing the exam paper leak issue.
Many people think that more than one representative may be involved in the police question paper leak scandal. A lot more information is expected to be revealed during the interrogation of the former DIG in the upcoming days.