The Gujarat police have finally made a breakthrough in the missing answer sheets of 14 fourth-year BSc Nursing students that have been missing since July.
However, the hunt for the principal suspects continues, as law enforcement agencies strive to bring closure to this complex case.
Newspaper reports confirmed that the Gujarat University police, aided by a team of cybercrime cops, arrested a staff member in the Botany Department.
The accused named Sanjay Damor is a 26-year-old contract employee at the university. He was caught at Umber Tekra village in Santrampur taluka of Mahisagar district.
It’s alleged that Damor stole the sheets, acting on the instructions of two former student leaders, Sunny Chaudhary and Amit Singh, based in Uttarakhand. The two are on the run.
According to reports, the police claimed that Chaudhary allegedly took a staggering amount of Rs 50,000 from each student to get their answer sheets out of the locker room.
Fourteen of the answer sheets were untraceable after which Gujarat University police recorded the statements of 14 students and learned about the alleged involvement of Chaudhary in the case.
Since Damor was familiar with the Botany Department’s operations, he could execute the plan to perfection. He stole the sheets and handed them over to Chaudhary who took them to Singh’s office in GU. The two wrote the right answers on the sheets and returned them to Damor, who kept the papers in the locker room.
The modus operandi of the primary suspects revolved around acquiring answer booklets from students and then clandestinely returning them post-completion.
The activities took place at night at the assessment centre. It emerged that the students were secluded in an undisclosed location while their answer booklets were being filled out.
Law enforcement officials have been questioning students to gather statements.
On July 12, the police registered a complaint of burglary, criminal trespassing and criminal conspiracy under the relevant sections of the IPC.