GUWAHATI, July 4 - Police probing the cash-for-marks scam at Assam Down Town University today arrested absconding faculty member Gunajit Choudhury.
He was absconding ever since the University authorities lodged an FIR on June 25 last at the Pragjyotishpur police station against some suspected faculty members of the institutions who were allegedly running the racket.
"We had launched a massive hunt for him. Finally we caught him from a hideout in the city. He will be produced before the court tomorrow," Noonmati ACP Purabi Mazumdar said.
Choudhury had joined the institution in 2011 as a lab technician. He had started the racket allegedly in 2012. He was also a tabulator at one point of time, during which he allegedly tampered with the marks of the students. He also used to take practical classes in Biochemistry and Pathology.
Police had earlier arrested a former student of the institute � Jal Nuruddin Ahmed � who allegedly lured 'mediocre' students and collected money from them assuring them of pass marks.
Four persons, including employees of the institute, were named in the FIR as suspects by the University authorities. Choudhury hails from Nalbari and had been staying at Lakhi Nagar of Hatigaon area here.
The three other persons named in the FIR have been questioned by police and their statements taken. Police have not ruled out involvement of other employees of the institute in the racket. More arrests are likely in the case.