Itanagar: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police has arrested five persons in connection with the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Examination (APPSCCE-2014) paper leakage issue, which had rocked the state.
The arrested persons, all officials of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) include, Joram Nagu Under Secretary APPSC, Nima Tondrang Joint Secretary, Bate Koyu Deputy Secretary, Debhasish Dey, Private Secretary to Chairman and Swaroop Bhattacharjee Personal Assistant to Joint Secretary, SIT Additional SP Amulya Boruah said today.
They were arrested between March 18 and 20, Boruah said.
The leakage of General Studies ? II paper rocked the state with the aspiring candidates demanding immediate cancellation of the entire exam and rescheduling of fresh exam besides termination of the members of the Commission.
The aggrieved candidates also launched a series of agitation including hunger strike for several days which, compelled the state government to order an enquiry by the SIT on January 8 last.
Among the arrested persons, Swaroop Battacharjee has been remanded to 7 days police custody while the others arrested are under 4 days police remand, Boruah informed.
The SIT team is led by SP Amit Sharma cracked the high-profile case after three months of investigation.
Other than Joram Nagu, all arrested persons were under suspension since January 2015 based on the recommendation of Magisterial Inquiry of APCS officer Hento Karga, Boruah disclosed.