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11 Arrested After UPSSSC Exam Leak, Paper Allegedly Sold For Rs 7 Lakh

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| September 2 , 2018 , 16:50 IST

The UP Special Task Force (STF) on Sunday arrested 11 people from Meerut in connection with an alleged question paper leak for the UP Subordinate Service Selection Commission (UPSSSC) recruitment examination for Sunday morning.

The examination for the post of tubewell operator which was scheduled to be held at 364 centres across the state on Sunday morning with nearly 2 lakh aspirants for 3,210 vacancies was postponed after authorities received information that the question paper was leaked.

According to Senior superintendent of police STF Abhishek Singh, the arrested are 5 exam aspirants and 6 involved in leaking the paper, including a primary school teacher identified as Sachin Chowdhary suspected to be the mastermind of the leak.

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Singh said that Chowdhary would use his connections to sell the leaked question paper for a price of Rs 7 lakh each. Police laid a plan to catch Chowdhary red-handed as he handed over the leaked question papers to exam aspirants 15 hours before the test.

After the questions were found to match those in the real question papers the government authorities were alerted who made the decision to postpone the examination.

Singh added that from the arrested people, the STF team had recovered around Rs 15 lakh, admit cards of several examinees and more than a dozen mobile phones.

The police said that Chowdhary frequently made phone calls to specific numbers over the past few days, and therefore they believe that Chowdhary in contact with those involved in leaking the actual questions. He is being questioned to find the exact source of the leak while more raids are being conducted to arrest others involved in the racket.