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Assam government's fight against corruption in full-swing pace
In a stern message to the corrupt, Assam's Sarbanada Sonowal-led state government has started a new wave of fight against corruption. The Assam police and other anti-corruption agencies, within a less than 24 hours span, have arrested 17 government officials for their alleged involvement with different scams that have taken place during the previous Congress ?led government's rule.

The chief minister's Vigilence Cell has, on November 7 last, arrested the State's DIPR director Ranjit Gogoi for his alleged involvement with a multi crore scam. On the same night the Dibrugarh police probing the cash for job scam of the Assam Public Service Commission arrested 16 officials including seven Assam Civil Service officers and six Assam Police Service officers.

In addition to this, the chief minister's Vigilence Cell has, on November 8, arrested one contractor for his alleged involvement with a multi-crore scam which came into light recently during a review meeting of the chief minister.

The APSC cash for jobs scams, which still rocks the state, came to light last year. On the basis a complaint filed by a dental practioner, the Dibrugarh police had arrested one Navakanta Patiri , who has been identified as tout of the commission's suspended chairman Rakesh Paul. Acting on the confession made by the accused within a gap of a few days the police have arrested the commission's chairman along with its three members and some officials. Paul is still behind the bars while other accused were granted bail subsequently.

In order to make the evidence fool-proof against the APSC cash for jobs scam accused, the police have taken some scientific measures like sending their hand-writing samples to forensic laboratory. The police conducted a sample taking test on June 9 last which the results of which were sent to different forensic laboratories situated in different parts of the country subsequently. The reports, which were received by the police recently, reportedly showed signs of forgery by the accused. Based on these reports, the police have arrested the officials. However, another nine officials including the son of former Congress minister of the state, who are also accused in the scam are still on the run.

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