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18 arrested for teacher ‘paper leak’, gang active for 4-5 yrs: Cops

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Noida police on Thursday arrested 18 people, including an ASI in Delhi police, in connection with a paper leak for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). Police are investigating whether the leaked document had the same set of questions on the test.

A day before the CTET exam, some candidates were staying at a hotel in Noida, although their centers were elsewhere, police said.

“We learned that some candidates had stayed in Noida even though their centers were far away. This raised suspicions and the candidates together with the mediators were found to be attempting to cheat. The examination paper may have been shown to them in advance, but it can only be confirmed after due investigation, ”said Rajesh S, DCP of Gautam Buddh Nagar.

At least eight of the defendants had worked as mediators for the past four to five years and charged Rs 3 lakh per candidate.

One of the defendants identified as Bhawani Sharma had worked for CRPF while another defendant, Shivram, works for the central force. Another defendant, Vikas, is a 2006 ASI in the Delhi Police. According to the police, the defendants Sunil Sharma, Ram Avtar, Rajesh, Bhawani Sharma, Ravi and Ankit checked into a hotel in Noida. The arrested candidates told the police that they “handed over the CTET newspaper.”

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