Guwahati, May 21: At least ten youths have been arrested for impersonation, allegedly appearing in Combined Entrance Examination (CEE) for medical and engineering courses on behalf of other students, Assam Police said yesterday.
While five of them were arrested from four different examination centres in Guwahati Sunday, four others were nabbed from Silchar in Barak Valley area, police said.
Another such student was arrested in Bongaigaon district Sunday, police said.
A senior official of Assam Police said that an operation has been launched to curb the racket of such students.
"Mubarak Hussain of Premnagar and another person - Sohal Ahmed Choudhury of Uttar Pradesh - were nabbed from a CEE centre at Dispur College Sunday. They were appearing in the examination on behalf of different candidates. Similarly, Amit Kumar was arrested for appearing in the same examination at Jalukbari Sunday. Rakesh Kumar Rai was also nabbed from a CEE centre in Bharalumukh area of the city," he said, adding that Kamlesh Yadav was arrested later in the day.
"The four people arrested from Silchar were Binay Kumar, Safikur Niranjan Kumar, Sujit Kumar and Brajesh Kumar," said the officer, adding that all of them hail from Bihar.
Police said that the person arrested from Bongaigaon has been identified as Ravi Kumar, who also hails from Bihar.
"These are all brilliant students. They had established contacts with some students of the state, who were appearing in the CEE for admission into medical and engineering colleges. They assure these students they would get through the exams and charge huge amounts of money," said the officer. Some of those arrested have named a few others also involved in the racket.
"During interrogation, some of them had said that they had received only Rs.5,000 or Rs.10,000 for cracking the exams on behalf of the students. But we believe that the amount involved is quite high. Our investigation is on and we hope to arrest all in the racket soon," said the officer.
The CID had earlier warned the Dibrugarh University, which conducts the examination in Assam, about this and asked the university to implement stringent measures to check the fraud.