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APSC scam: Three more officials netted

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Nov 10:  Police arrested three more Assam civil service and allied service officials on Friday in connection with the cash-for-job scam that rocked Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) during the previous Congress regime.
With this, the total number of officials arrested in connection with the scam has reached 21.
The three officials—Gitali Doley, (Circle Officer, Gogamukh), Sunayana Aideo (Tax Superintendant, Nagaon) and Badrul Islam Choudhury, (Circle Officer, Agomoni) — were arrested by Dibrugarh police after they surrendered before the Special Judges’ Court at Pan Bazar here.
While both Doley and Aideo had surrendered at the court in the morning, Islam Choudhury surrendered in the second half on Friday.
Doley and Aideo are relatives of former Congress MLA and now BJP member Sumitra Doley Patir and Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain respectively.
The Special Judges’ Court has sent all the three arrested officials to 14-day police custody.
Another official Jyotirmoy Adhikari, (Labour Inspector, Dhubri) arrested by police on Wednesday night, was also remanded in police custody for 14 days. Adhikari was produced at the Special Judges’ Court on Friday.
Police sources said all the arrested officials are currently under interrogation. They are being grilled to track down the persons involved in the entire scam, police said.
According police, more arrests will be made in coming days in connection with the scam.
Four other accused officials — Rajorshi Sen Deka (Circle Officer, Dhamdhama), Rumi Saikia, (Extra Commissioner, Morigaon), Rakesh Gupta, (Asst Commandant, 5th APBN, Sontoli) and Nishamoni Deka, (Circle Officer, West Nalbari) — have already gone into hiding even as police claimed they would soon be arrested. Deka is the son of former Congress Minister Nilomoni Sen Deka.  
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has made it clear that the police have been given free hand to carry out the investigation and no one involved in the scam, irrespective of their social position, would be spared.
Police are examining some more answer scripts and have sent these for forensic analysis.  Digital evidence is also being collected and sent to forensic laboratories.
In what can be described as a hammer blow on corruption under Chief Minister Sonowal’s zero tolerance policy, the police netted as many as 16 ACS, APS and allied service officers on Wednesday in the APSC mega scam.
Director General of Police (DGP) Mukesh Sahay said search operations are on and investigations are proceeding in right direction.