The Detective Branch of police has arrested nine people, allegedly involved with the leakage of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) question papers.
The suspects were arrested in different areas around Dhaka between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, said Monirul Islam, additional commissioner at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), during a press briefing yesterday.
The suspects are Saiful Islam Jewel, Rubel Bepari, Abdus Sattar, Mezbah Ahmed, Kawsar Hossain, Al Amin, Ekram Hossain, Hridoy Hossain and Jahangir, Monirul told reporters.
Police also recovered fake questions of 2016 HSC chemistry, accounting, physics and biology exams and 10 mobile phone sets from the suspects' possession.
Explaining how the gang operates to smuggle the exam questions to students, Monirul said a corrupt employee of Bangladesh Government (BG) Press – where all the board exam question papers are printed – memorises the questions during the printing, writes them down and sends them to Jewel. Jewel then passes it on to Sattar, who passes it on to Ridoy and Ridoy sends it to Ahmed Niloy, who is currently in hiding.
Niloy spreads the word about the question papers on social media, and sells them to students, who pay him via mobile banking service Bkash.
Meanwhile, Jahangir, Rubel, Kawsar and Mezbah leak the questions via messaging services WhatsApp and Imo.
During primary interrogation, Jewel told police that their leader's name is Alamgir Hossain.
“We are looking for the others involved with this business. The corrupt BG Press employee is also on the run. We are trying out best to catch them soon,” Monirul said.