The CID of Assam police has so far arrested 26 people from four districts in connection with the multi-crore pre-matric scholarship scam.

According to a top police official, the CID on Monday arrested Robiul Islam from Goalpara district.

Islam is believed to be the mastermind of the misappropriation of funds and was involved with a large number of schools in submitting fraudulent applications for scholarships and withdrawal of scholarship funds.

Of the 26 accused, four are headmasters, one teacher, three owners of Customer Service Point (CSP) of nationalised banks, a president of a school management committee, two electronic data processors and 10 middlemen.

They have been arrested over the past one week for allegedly misappropriating pre-matric scholarship funds for poor minority students worth about Rs 10 crore.

The officer said CID teams are conducting raids in different districts to arrest the remaining accused in the siphoning off of the scholarship funds.

The CID sleuths have so far seized three laptops, 217 students’ photographs, 104 students’ certificates, 173 pre-matric scholarship forms and 11 bank passbooks.

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