March 17, 2023:
27 people have been arrested in connection with the SEBA question paper leak case, including three teachers, says Assam DGP GP Singh in a press conference today, March 17.
Prasanta Das and Pranab Dutta have been identified as two of those arrested. Pranab Dutta is the centre in-charge of Luhit Khabalu HS School in Lakhimpur, and Prasanta Das is a teacher at another school. So far, thirteen students have been arrested.
Another suspect, Kumud Rajkhowa, the headmaster of an Assam government school, is still absconding.
According to police, the students were discovered to have used e-wallets to pay for the question paper.
After news of a question paper leak surfaced, SEBA issued a notification on March 12 stating that the General Science paper, which was scheduled to take place on March 13, had been rescheduled.
Taking notice of the situation, Assam’s Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, launched a CID investigation, and within 48 hours, most of the people allegedly involved in the case were detained and arrested.
According to GP Singh’s tweet on Tuesday, March 1, 22 people were detained, including students, teachers, and staff, and were brought in for questioning.
On March 16, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma informed the public that during interrogation, the arrested accused, who is the Centre-In-Charge of Luhit Khabalu HS School, revealed that the Assamese (MIL) paper has also been leaked, and thus the MIL exam, which was scheduled to take place on March 18, was rescheduled to April 1.
According to media reports, the four arrested were identified as teachers Jyotirekha Borgohain and Herambo Kumar Das, Chitra Roy, a fourth grade staff member, and driver Bindeshwar Tumung, all of whom work at the Bhauri Devi Sarawgi High School in Guwahati.