APSC scam: Four more officers to be arrested
Four more Assam Civil Service (ACS) and Assam Police Service (APS) officials will be arrested soon after the crackdown on 8th, 9th and 10th November 2017 where Dibrugarh police arrested 18 APS and ACS officers. Three had already been arrested earlier.
Director General of Police (DGP), Assam, Mukesh Sahay said on 9th November, “From the 2015 APS/ACS batch, 25 officers were found to have secured jobs by bribing and 18 have been arrested. 7 more will be arrested soon.” Adding to this he said that for now the answer scripts and the question papers of the 2015 batch officers had only been analysed; the other batches will be scrutinised gradually hereafter. On 10th November 3 officers surrendered to the police.
Talking about whether any politician will be arrested or not, the DGP said that for now they do not have any evidence against any politician but in future if they find any link, even the politicians will not be spared.
25 accused were put through a handwriting test, specimens of which were sent for forensic examination which eventually made a strong case for their arrest. The answer scripts were sent to six forensic laboratories which confirmed that those were not originals.
Talking about the modus operandi of Rakesh Paul and his team, a Crime Investigation Department (CID) source said that two teams used to work under APSC chairman Rakesh Paul to deal with Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) job seekers.
The first modus operandi was dealing with aspirants who were very weak in studies and who, through contacts, used to approach the job scam team.
Such aspirants used to be guided from day one by the gang, the rate of bribe for such aspirants were very high - anything between Rs 30 lakhs to Rs 40 lakhs approximately. The dull aspirants used to be guided with books, questions and it was ensured that the aspirants cleared all the rounds of examination along with the interview.
Talking about the second modus operandi, Paul had agents across the state and aspirants who were good students and had cleared the mains were targeted. The agents based in the district of the aspirant used to contact the candidate or a family member of the candidate giving ideas that the candidate will surely be selected if some amount is paid to the APSC officials.
The candidate’s family, feeling the importance of the job, used to negotiate with the agent and accordingly the deal used to get finalised. These candidates used to pay a lesser amount which could be anything from Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 25 lakhs.
The arrested officials are Pallabi Sarma Choudhury (37), Circle Officer, Darrang; Dipak Khanikar (26), Election Officer, Sivasagar; Debajit Bora (36), Election Officer, Hamren; Anirudha Roy (37), Circle Officer, Kadam (Lakhimpur); Himangshu Choudhury (30), Circle Officer, Agomoni; Sabbira Imran (31), Assistant Commandant, 12th APBn; Jayanta Kumar Nath (36), Assistant Commandant, 7th APBn; Harshajyoti Bora (37), DSP (Border), Guwahati; Hemanta Hillol Saikia (36), DSP (DSB) Jorhat; Sudipta Goswami Bhattacharya, Assistant Employment Officer, Hailakandi; Amarjit Das (32), Employment Officer, Sonitpur; Jatindra Prasad Baruah (36), Assistant Commandant, 8th APBn; Raju Saha (37), Labour Inspector, Bhabanipur; Dwithun Borgoyari (34), Circle Officer, Dotoma, Kunal Das (28), Circle Officer, Banekuchi, Badrul Islam Choudhury (35), Algapur Circle Inspector, Geetali Doley, and Sunaina Aideau.