Guwahati: After being on the run for days, former deputy inspector general (DIG) of Assam police Prasanta Kumar Dutta, one of the prime accused in Assam Police sub-inspector (SI) recruitment scam has been arrested. Deka was arrested from Kakarbhitta in southern Nepal along the India-Nepal border.
The arrest was made by a team of Darjeeling Police. A team of Assam Police is now on the way, sources said.
According to reports, Deka was travelling with his son-in-law when he was arrested.
Dutta was on the run since the scam came to light after the SI exams had to be cancelled as the question paper was leaked. The exam was held on September 20 to fill 597 posts. Around 66,000 candidates had taken the exam.
The arrest comes within hours of Assam Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) for law and order GP Singh tweeting that Dutta would be arrested soon from wherever he is.
The arrest definitely comes as a big breakthrough for Assam Police and the state government who has been facing a lot of flak from the Opposition for the scam. Opposition Congress has been demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal as the Home Minister. Assam has been witnessing massive protests across the state against the job scam.
The other prime accused, former BJP leader Diban Deka is already in police net. So far at least 23 arrests have been made in connection with the alleged scam in SI recruitment process.