Police claimed to have busted an admission test forgery gang and held two persons, including a Bangladesh Chhatra League leader, in the city's Badurtala area on Thursday night, hours before yesterday's D unit admission test of Chittagong University.
One of the arrestees is Isteyak Ahmed Sourov, a final-year student of marketing, police said. They did not reveal the identity of the other person but said he was an admission seeker, reports a staff correspondent in Chittagong.
Isteyak is an assistant secretary of the suspended CU unit of Chhatra League, student wing of ruling Awami League.
Meanwhile, the university authorities have suspended Isteyak, and Nazmul Kabir, a second-year student of English, in this regard, said CU Proctor Ali Asgar Chowdhury.
On Wednesday, police arrested Nazmul in Bayezid area. Based on his information, the law enforcers arrested Isteyak along with the admission seeker at a flat in Badurtala, said Assistant Commissioner Mobassher Hossain of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.
“Police seized three devices, two Bluetooth earpieces, two stamps worth Tk 100 each and four eraser pens from his possession,” he said, adding that Isteyak was the "tutor" of the gang, which also teaches admission seekers how to use the devices.
AC Mobassher told The Daily Star, “The gang has five members in the decision-making level. They have already used the method during the admission tests of Dhaka University and Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University.
“The gang has different sub-groups and collects candidates from different coaching centres,” he added.
He said, “A group first collects admission seekers and makes a deal with them. Another group supplies electronic devices that look like Visa or Master Card with mobile SIM slots and train the aspirants.
“During the tests, the gang opens a control room and assigns individuals for providing the right answers,” he said.
Talking to The Daily Star at Bayezid Police Station yesterday, Isteyak said, “I got involved with the gang through my classmate Raju.”
On Raju's directives in 2014, Isteyak contacted two admission seekers but failed to make them pass despite having the technology.
“But next year I succeeded and got two aspirants admitted -- one in B unit and another in D unit of CU -- in exchange of Tk 50,000 each,” said the BCL leader. He added he made a deal with the detained aspirant for D unit in exchange of Tk 1.8 lakh.
AC Mobassher said police were trying to arrest the other members of the gang and find out the sources of the devices.
Isteyak has been shown arrested in a case filed under the Public Examination Offences Act, 1980 (13) with Bayezid Police Station.
EIGHT MORE HELD IN PABNA
Eight more students were held in connection with the question paper leak in the admission test of Pabna University of Science and Technology yesterday afternoon, reports our correspondent in the district.
Of them, Khalid Hossain, Rakib Hossain and Tarek Hasan Tushar are the students of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University. The five others are the students of different colleges in Pabna.
The eight were produced before a mobile court, led by Executive Magistrate of Pabna Yeasmin Monira. The court jailed Khalid and Rakib for two years, while the rest were sentenced to one month imprisonment each, said Abdur Razzak, officer-in-charge of Pabna Sadar Police Station.
“The arrestees were supplying answers to the examinees during the admission test on Friday afternoon. During a drive, the law enforcers detained them from different examination centres in Pabna with electronic devices," the OC added.