A nationwide racket that was selling papers for Army recruitment examination has been busted today by Thane police. The examinations papers were for different departments and posts such as soldier technical test, central duty and exam for craftsmanship. A total of 350 students were caught using the leaked papers, of which, 79 were from Pune, 222 from Nagpur and 49 from Goa. Joint Commissioner of Thane Ashutosh Dumbhare said that each student had paid 4-5 lakh for the leaked papers that were delivered through WhatsApp and later printed by students. However, the students who were caught have been let off after being given a warning. Soon after the leak was unearthed, the Army cancelled the exams that were affected.
The exam was to begin at 9 AM today, but students had the question papers well before this time. Police officials said that the possibility of army personnel being involved in the case cannot be denied. The police have already arrested eighteen people, one among whom is a retired army official and another person from paramilitary force. The tip-off about the racket came from a coaching institute that had noticed that many students were leaving the coaching class and joining suspicious people who were selling leaked exam papers. A case has registered against the accused under the Information Technology Act and Prevention of Corruption Act.