Guwahati: Assam director general of police (DGP) Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta on Monday has announced that bounty will be announced soon to reward any individual who could provide information that may help the authorities in arresting two main accused in the Assam Police SI recruitment case.

Retired deputy inspector general (DIG) of Assam Police, Prasanta Kumar Dutta, and BJP leader Diban Deka, who have till now been successful in evading the police, have been allegedly considered as the prime accused in the case.

Addressing media persons for the first time after the scam was dug out, the Assam DGP said, “We are looking to arrest ex-DIG PK Dutta and Diban Deka. They are absconding. We have decided to announce a reward for catching them. We will make the reward public after some time today,” Mahanta said.

He also mentioned that any individual, irrespective of his political affiliation or post, shall be arrested if a link is discovered in the leaking of the question paper of the examination for recruiting sub- inspectors.

Along with the DIG, selected senior officials of the CID, Guwahati Police and Assam Police, were also present at the press conference who gave the arrest figures from their respective divisions related to the case.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Assam Police has so far arrested four persons , while the Guwahati Police’s Crime Branch has taken nine people into custody. The Nalbari district police have also arrested six persons, informed by officials of relevant department at the press meet.

“We have issued a lookout notice against Dutta so that he cannot leave the country. All the relevant information has been disseminated about him.” said Gyanendra Singh, additional director general of police (law and order) upon asked about the status of the two prime accused who are still at large.

Singh also said that a separate case will be registered against the erstwhile DIG for his unaccounted wealth, while the Assam Police has already informed the Income Tax, Enforcement Directorate and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence about his long list of properties running into several hundred crores of rupees all over the state and elsewhere.

Dutta’s property include at least four luxury hotels and several residential properties in Guwahati, 1,600 bighas of land in Cachar district, apartments in Dibrugarh and other parts of the country, he added.

CID inspector general Surendra Kumar said that during the search operations at Dutta’s house and hotels, huge amounts of documents related to the examinations, 1.522 kg of gold and a pistol, whose license has expired, were seized.

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Sleuths of the Assam Police raided three hotels as part of the ongoing investigation into the alleged recruitment scam in the Assam police Sub Inspector (SI) exam on Monday in different parts of Guwahati. The hotels were owned by ex-deputy inspector general (DIG) Prasanta Kumar Dutta who has been accused as the chief conspirator in the cash-for-jobs scam. The hotels were sealed on Sunday to prevent “tempering” of evidence. Dutta has been on the run since Wednesday after the his connection in the alleged scam was discovered upon inquiry into the leak.

According to sources, authorities raided each of the three hotels as part of the ongoing probe into the alleged scam in the recruitment of SIs into the police department.

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BJP leader Diban Deka, took to Facebook on Thursday confirming his involvement in the examination process and now has “left Assam” pertaining threat to his life by saying that could be “killed anytime” because “many big and corrupt officials” of the Assam Police are involved in the scam.

When asked why Deka was not apprehended then, Singh said, “When Pradeep Kumar took Diban Deka to CID, he was a complainant at that time. His name was not in the FIR. Later during the investigation, it came up that he is also one accused.”

“One thing is assured that Diban Deka will be arrested today or tomorrow. All involved will be arrested. In this case, 60-70 per cent are technical investigations. So, no one can escape.”

The DGP said that investigation into the case is going on simultaneously in several districts and cases have been registered in Karbi Anglong, Lakhimpur and Nalbari, among others.

On asked about the connection with Apollo hospital, it was informed at the press meet that its technical head Pranjal Sharma used office computers to distribute question papers and store other documents, but the police are yet to establish any link, based on evidence, between the hospital as an institution in the case.

The question paper of the written exam for 597 posts of sub-inspector in the Assam Police was leaked and authorities cancelled the test on September 20, minutes after it had commenced across the State. There were around 66,000 candidates had come to appear for the written test in 154 centres across the state.

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