CHHATRAPATI SAMBHAJINAGAR: Another zilla parishad (ZP) teacher was nabbed on Tuesday by Latur police in the NEET paper leak case, following the arrest of a ZP school headmaster on Monday.
The second arrested accused, a ZP teacher-Santosh Jadhav-was produced before the court and remanded in police custody till July 2. ZP school headmaster, Jaleel Khan Pathan, was the first to be arrested in the paper leak case.
Latur SP Somay Munde refused to comment on the developments related to the case.However, police sources said a search is on for an ITI instructor who too is wanted in the case. Investigations so far have revealed that the two ZP teachers targeted NEET aspirants and their families, offering help to clear the exam in exchange for money. They allegedly passed on copies of the aspirants’ hall tickets and cash to the Delhi-based suspect, Gangadhar Gunde, through the ITI instructor.
“We have prima facie established this from WhatsApp chats recovered from the three seized cellphones. The exact number of aspirants/parents contacted, and the overall quantum of money collected is being ascertained as we have called all parents whose names have been found so far, to record their statements,” a senior police officer said.
Gangadhar Gunde, the Delhi-based suspect, hails from Marathwada and police are investigating how and when he came in contact with the ITI instructor, the officer said. “For taking the probe forward and to unearth the entire racket, we need to arrest the ITI instructor and Gunde at the earliest,” said an officer heading one of the teams out to nab the suspects.
Analysis by police has revealed that this Delhi-based suspect had visited Parbhani and Hingoli districts in Marathwada in the past year. The investigators also found photos of several public exam hall tickets on the cellphones of the suspects. These include hall tickets for recruitment exams for Maharashtra health department and teacher, gram sevak, talati, ZP health assistant exams among others.