The Criminal Investigation Department of the police on Thursday said they have so far arrested 46 people in one and a half years in connection with question paper leaks and device-based forgery in recruitment and public examinations.
The CID said it was ‘surprised’ to know that forgery also took place in the Bangladesh Civil Service examination for the last few years.
The CID top officials made the announcement at their headquarters in the capital’s Malibagh after arresting nine people this week including two bankers and four students of Dhaka University and Green University.
The CID special superintendent of police (organised crime) Mollah Nazrul Islam at the press conference claimed that they with these arrests, the activities of those groups were completely foiled, resulting in no question paper leaks for the recently held JSC examination in November 2018.
Nazrul also hoped that there would be no further leaks during the SSC and equivalent vocational and Dakhil examinations scheduled to begin from February 2 across the country.
The CID chief additional inspector general Sheikh Hemayet Hossain, among others, was present at the press conference.
The CID officials, in the last week, they have arrested nine members — Janata Bank senior officer Hafijur Rahman Hajiz, Dhaka University’s pharmacy department students Abdur Rahman, Saidur Rahman Sayeed and Mohaymenul Islam, Green University Rimon Hossain, Agrani Bank cash officer Jahangir Alam, Dhaka College pion Musharraf Hossain Musa and the college’s former student Ashim Biswash, and a businessman Masud Rahman Tajul.
All of the suspects made their statement in different courts, said the CID investigators.
With these latest arrests, CID has arrested a total of 46 people who are members of the ring over the last one and a half years and claimed to have uprooted the group completely.
The CID investigators found that the question papers of different public examinations are leaked either from the printing press or devices such as mobile phones or small wireless devices.
Earlier, the police arrested the head of the ring responsible for leaking the question papers via the printing press, Rakibul Hasan, as well as his associates — Khan Bahadur and Saiful Islam.
Additionally, six other of the gang associated with leaking the question papers via devices — Alip Kumar Biswas, Ibrahim Mollah, Hafizur Rahman Hafiz, Masudur Rahman Tajul, Mustafa Kamal, and Ayub Ali Badhon — have also been arrested.
In a press statement issued by the CID legal and media cell stated they were surprised to know that the syndicates also were involved in the forgery of the BCS examination.
Ibrahim, Hafiz, Mustafa and Badhon were the key figures in forgery in the BCS and other public examinations, said the statement.
The CID chief said they found the involvement of different profession including that of bankers, teachers, government officials and students with the question paper leaks.
The officials said they came to know that the rings amassed almost Tk 20 crore from the leaks.
The CID had begun their investigation in 2017 after the arrest of two students over question paper leaks and forgery. And based on their information, 28 others were arrested in different time for leaking the questions in 2015 and 2016.
Earlier on December 8, 2018, seven others were held by the detectives of Dhaka Metropolitan Police over the question paper leak.
They used USB drives, bluetooth devices, SIM cards and mobile phones to share or source the leaked questions.
Leaking and distribution of any public examination question paper is a crime under Bangladeshi law.
According to The Public Examinations (offences) Act 1980 (Amended 1992), the punishment is a 3-10 year prison term. In 2017, a government official was arrested for being involved with a Medical and Dental Entrance Test question paper leak.
Transparency International Bangladesh in its report on question paper leaks in 2015 stated it is alleged that question paper leakage in public examinations hampers appropriate evaluation, lowers the quality of education and promotes uneven competition.
The tendency of question paper leakage is on the rise even after a number of steps have been taken by the concerned authorities.
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