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Question Paper Leak: CID to charge 125 including DU students

  • Published at 12:29 pm May 30th, 2019
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CID officials at a press briefing held in the CID headquarters in Malibagh, Dhaka, on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

A total 87 DU students are among the accused

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has finalised its charge sheet against 125 people—including 87 Dhaka University (DU) students—involved in leaking question papers of the university's admission tests.

The charges have been approved by the CID, said Shafiqul Islam, Additional Inspector General of Police, and also the chief of investigation agency, at a press briefing held at the CID headquarters in Malibagh, Dhaka, yesterday.

"We will soon present the charge sheet to court," the CID chief added.

Of the accused, 47 have been arrested in the last one and a half years, and the rest are absconding, Shafiqul further stated. Of the arrestees, 46 have given their confessional statements. 

"We are also investigating the suspected involvement of 55 more, apart from the accused 125," he told the media. "If we are certain of their involvement and their identities, we will include their names in the charge sheet as well."

According to CID sources, among the 47 who have been arrested, 18 are from Dhaka University.

Meanwhile, some the officials involved with the investigation said the leaking incident began from October 19, 2017 midnight. 

Based on the information provided by a media worker, the detectives conducted an operation at two DU student halls the same night. Two students, Mamun and Rana, were arrested during the drive. 

The next day, CID arrested admission-seeker Rafi from the exam hall after interrogating the detainees and a case was filed with Shahbagh Police Station in this regard.

They also said the leaked questions of 2015 and 2016 admission tests were taught—by the ring—to admission-seeking students at a house in Savar's rural power plant area.

Later, police conducted the drive and arrested the mastermind of the ring, Natore District Sports official Rakibul Hasan Asami, press employee Khan Bahadur, his relative Saiful, and Rajshahi University students Bonny and Maruf. 

Initially, the investigative team found all about the question paper leak from the printing press workers, but it was difficult to identify the digital device ring, said the CID official.

Finally, the detectives arrested the others at different times last year, after the digital fraud ring was identified, CID officials said. 

They said the mastermind of this ring is BKSP assistant director Olip Kumar Bishwas and Ibrahim, Mustafa Kamal, Hafizur Rahman Hafiz, and Tajul Islam were cooperating with him. 

A CID official said a huge amount of illegal wealth including Tk20 crore was found with the question-paper-leak-mastermind and his associates. 

A case was filed with Uttara West Police Station, under the money laundering ACT, to confiscate their assets.

DU authorities to be requested for cooperation

When asked about the absconding DU students, the CID officials said they would send formal letter to the university authorities for their assistance in arresting them.

"The university authorities will decide what to do with their students," he added.

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