The Thane Police Crime Branch on Sunday busted a racket spanning at least two States where question papers of the Indian Army’s recruitment examinations were obtained from inside sources and sold to aspirants.
The police arrested 18 in connection with the racket. About 350 Army aspirants who were picked up from Pune, Nagpur and Goa were released later.
Officials have confirmed to The Hindu that their investigations so far indicate that the source of the leak is a highly placed one, and that the investigation is likely to extend all the way to New Delhi. There are also possibilities that the leak may have extended to several other States.
According to Thane Crime Branch officers, the police received a tip-off on Friday evening. “We were informed that some people were contacting Army aspirants from Thane and offering to provide them with question papers of the Army Recruitment Board exams, as well as forged domicile certificates to enable them to appear for the exams from other centres. We formed four teams to work on the information and in the early hours of Sunday morning, conducted raids in Pune, Nagpur and Goa,” said Thane Joint Commissioner Ashutosh Dumbare.