MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: The police on late Sunday night arrested five persons believed to be involved in the exam paper leak for the recruitment of Lok Rakshak Dal jawans in Gujarat. VMC employee Yashpalsinh Solanki, Manhar Patel, Rector of Shri Ram Hostel Rupal Sharma, Wireless PSI PV Patel and one Mukesh Chaudhary have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the leak. PSI Patel was previously posted with the Police Recruitment Board and Police Bhavan in Gandhinagar. He is currently serving at the DSP’s office.

Shri Ram Hostel rector Rupal Sharma had sent pictures of the answer to Police Recruitment Board PSI Bharat Borana on Sunday, asking him to verify if they are correct. Borana immediately informed about this to the recruitment board chairman Vikas Sahay, who confirmed that the answer keys sent to Borana through WhatsApp messenger were indeed the one about to be asked in the written tests that afternoon. An immediate meeting was convened with the Gandhinagar DSP and other board members and the decision to cancel the examination was taken.

Sharma and the other four arrested persons had received the paper from one Jayesh and were instructed to leak the answer keys only on the morning of the tests in Gandhinagar. Upon questioning, Manhar Patel confessed that Vadodara Municipal Corporation employee Yashpal Solanki had agreed to hand him over the answer keys on December 1, at the cost of Rs 5 lakhs per candidate. Sharma got the answer key from Manhar under the pretext that she is a candidate for the exams and instead she sold them to hostel inmates. The others too got the paper with similar reasoning and instead sold it to multiple persons.

An argument broke out between them over the distribution of the money earned from the sale of the answer key to candidates. It is believed that one of them snitched and all the five of them were caught. A complaint has been lodged against the five at Sector-7 Gandhinagar Police Station and has been charged under sections 406, 420 and 409.

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