Nineteen Assam government officers, including the daughter of BJP MP R.P. Sharma, were arrested in Guwahati on Wednesday as their handwriting did not match with that in their answer sheets in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) examination held in 2016, the police said.

The Dibrugarh Police, which is probing the cash-for-job scam in the APSC, had summoned the 19 officers of the Assam Civil Service (ACS), Assam Police Service (APS) and allied services of the 2016 batch to appear for handwriting tests after forensic examinations of their answer sheets indicated anomalies.

Handwriting mismatch

Dibrugarh SP Gautam Bora said the handwriting of the 19 officers did not match with their answer sheets that were found to be fake.

The 19 officers were selected in the examination conducted by the APSC when Rakesh Pal was its chairman. The arrested officials include 13 ACS, three APS and three from the allied service, Mr. Bora said.

The APS officers arrested are Gulshan Daolagpu, Bhargav Phukan and Pallavi Sharma (daughter of BJP MP from Tezpur), said Additional SP and investigating officer Surjeet Singh Paneswar. The allied service officer are District Transport Officer Suranjita Hazarika, Superintendent of Taxes Rituraj Neog and Inspector of Taxes Nipon Kumar Pathak, he said.

Among the dismissed officers is former Congress Minister Nilamani Sen Deka’s son Rajarshi Sen Deka.

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