Guwahati: Sleuths of Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell on Friday arrested 11 people, including an officer on special duty (OSD) in connection with a cash-for-job scam at state-run Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) on Friday night.

The operation was conducted in four different places of the city, a senior official said.
Three persons were picked up from Jalukbari, four from Basistha, one from Chandmari, two have been picked up from Dispur, the official said.

Of the accused, Dipankar Dhingiya has been working as an officer on special duty (OSD) of APDCL since 2006. He was arrested from the Sarumataria area under the Dispur police station.

According to reports, the sleuths of the Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell are conducting another operation at Lankeswar in connection with the scam.

The other arrested persons are Sasanka Saikia (Gauhati University), Jalukbari PS, Kankan Sarma (NEICOM Impressions), Kaushik Das (NEICOM Impressions), Basistha PS, Biswajit Barman (NEICOM Impressions), Basistha PS, Dulumoni Deka (NEICOM Impressions), Jayanta Deka (NEICOM, Impressions), Basistha PS, Farha Alom (NEICOM Impressions), Babilon Kakati (GU security Guard) Satgaon PS and Tridip Sarma, (Gauhati University) Patacharkuchi PS.

One of the prime accused identified as Ataur Rahman – CGM, APDCL – is still being searched as he was not found at his house.

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A case No.04/2021 was registered at Vigilance PS under section 120B/420/468/471 of IPC read with Section 7/13 (1)(a)(b) PC Act, 2018. In presence of the witness, the Chief Minister’s Vigilance Cell conducted searched at their residences in Guwahati and its outskirts.

CM’s Special Vigilance Cell’s superintendent of police Rosie Kalita, said, “An enquiry has already been initiated into the APDCL scam. Ten people have been already arrested, and one is still untraced.”

“This investigation will be carried out speedily and no one will be spared whosoever is found linked with the scam,” Kalita said.

Earlier, the sleuths of the CM’s SVC had grilled several officials of the examination board under Gauhati University in the last week.

Meanwhile, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told the media here that the APDCL exam 2019 has been cancelled by the state government following the scam.

“Fresh exam will be conducted shortly,” Sarma added.

In an employment notice on August 14 2018, the APDCL, AEGCL, and APGCL invited applications for 1950 posts of assistant accounts officer, office cum field assistant, light vehicle driver and sahayak (assistants).

Even as the exam was conducted in 2019, there was an inordinate delay in the announcement of results by the recruitment board, which comprised seven members from the power company.

The inquiry was initiated after Himanta Biswa Sarma-led BJP government came to the power for the second term in the state.

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