NAVI MUMBAI: The Vashi police have made two more arrests in the HSC secretarial practice question paper leak, taking the total number of arrests in the case to four.
The latest arrests, of an external HSC student, Mohammad Shaikh (19), and a coaching class teacher, Suresh Jha (26), were made from Kandivli around 3.40am on Monday . The first arrests, of two BCom students, Rahul Bhaskar (22) and Azaruddin Shaikh (20), were made in Malwani, Malad, late on Sunday .
The investigating team has seized 21 mobile phones from the suspects, who include exam candidates. The phones have been confiscated after WhatsApp messages linked to the leaked papers were traced back to them.
DCP (Zone-1) Prashant Khaire said, “Those who have been arrested were found to have forwarded the HSC secretarial practice question paper in a WhatsApp group. As they had deliberately forwarded the paper 1520 minutes before the test started, and did not inform the police about the paper leak, their intention was apparently to indulge in misconduct.”
The four have been remanded in police custody till March 9.