2 print­ing press own­ers held for BTC exam pa­per leak

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent al­la­habad.ht­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

AL­LA­HABAD: The Spe­cial Task Force (STF) on Satur­day ar­rested own­ers of two print­ing presses in con­nec­tion with the BTC exam pa­per leak in Al­la­habad and Kaushambi dis­tricts.

The exam was can­celled af­ter ques­tion pa­pers were cir­cu­lated widely on What­sApp a day be­fore the BTC ex­am­i­na­tion on Oc­to­ber 8.

The STF teams have ar­rested Ashish Agar­wal of Mum­fordganj area and Arvind Bhar­gawa of Ky­dganj lo­cal­ity.

STF SSP Ab­hishek Singh said the first ques­tion pa­per of the BTC fourth se­mes­ter ex­am­i­nat went vi­ral on What­sApp on Oc­to­ber 7, a day be­fore the exam.

Later, in­puts re­vealed that all the eight-ques­tion pa­pers had gone vi­ral. Tak­ing se­ri­ous note of the in­ci­dent, STF teams be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

Probe re­vealed that a print­ing press in Bal­ram­pur House area of Mum­fordganj, Deepti En­ter­prises, was au­tho­rised to print the ques­tion pa­pers and send them to the ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres. Ashish Agar­wal owns Deepti en­ter­prises.

Af­ter get­ting the ten­der, Agar­wal col­lab­o­rated with Arvind Bhar­gawa, who also own a print­ing press.

The STF raided Bhar­gawa’s print­ing press at Mo­htasim­ganj and Bai Ka Bagh lo­cal­i­ties where it found that no se­cu­rity mea­sures were adopted while print­ing the ques­tion pa­pers.

Any­one can ac­cess the com­put­ers on which the web pages or off­set of ques­tion pa­pers were de­signed.

The print­ing press em­ploy­ees can eas­ily take pho­to­graphs of the ques­tion pa­pers through mo­bile phones and can even copy them to pen­drives and other de­vices be­sides mail­ing the pa­pers.

Spe­cial Task Force of­fi­cials fur­ther in­formed that pack­ets of ques­tion pa­pers were not sealed be­fore be­ing taken to the ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tres. The ar­rested duo used to sell the leaked ques­tion pa­pers and also used to pro­vide solvers.

The STF team ar­rested Ashish Agar­wal and Arvind Nhar­gawa and handed them over to Kaushambi po­lice for fur­ther ques­tion­ing and ac­tion against them.

Ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment of­fi­cials were in­formed about the se­cu­rity lapses at the print­ing press, which caused the pa­per leak, SSP STF added.

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