Guwahati, September 26: Three more persons were arrested on Saturday in connection with the police recruitment question paper leak scam taking the number of those nabbed to 13, while the sleuths probing the case raided an ashram of a tantrik in the city.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Gyanendra Pratap Singh said two persons were arrested from Guwahati and Tinsukia by the CID.
“Many others have also been picked up for interrogation. We are proceeding fast and hope to take the case towards the closure stage in the next few days,” he said.
One person, who was picked up on Friday in Nalbari district, was arrested and produced before the court, an official said.
The 13 arrested include a woman employee of the state irrigation department and one from the Special Task Force of Assam Police. About 10 others were detained from different parts of the state.
The Assam Police’s CID and Guwahati Police’s Crime Branch sleuths are probing the scandal and have expanded their area of investigation by raiding various locations, mainly unaccounted properties by the ex-DIG P K Dutta, across the state.
A source said the sleuths have raided the ashram of one ‘Dipak Baba’ in north Guwahati but the tantrik had fled the place before the police reached there.
It is said that Dutta used to visit the ashram frequently and the complex is situated on government land.
The investigating agencies also searched the residences and other properties of senior BJP leader Diban Deka, who on Thursday posted on social media that he was involved with the examination process and had “left Assam as he might be killed anytime because many big and corrupt officials of Assam Police are involved in the scam”.
The sleuths have seized a laptop, bank passbooks and some documents after questioning Deka’s wife for several hours at his residence here.
The Crime Branch continued its operations at several properties of the former DIG, while the CID with the help of district police carried on its search in his poperties at Dibrugarh, Silchar, Tinsukia and Nalbari for the second straight day. (PTI)