Mumbai, March 28: At least 8 Staff Selection Commission (SSC) students including two minor girls were arrested in connection with the Information Communication Technology (ICT) paper leak which was conducted on March 22. Out of the 8 students, 7 have been released after signing a bond and 1 of them has been withheld for questioning.

The ICT paper leak reports came one of the exam invigilators Vanita Shetty, a teacher at Saint Jude High School in Kaju Pada, noticed two girls checking their cell phones and referring to their textbooks. On being checked, the teacher noticed the ICT exam paper.

Although Shetty allowed both the girls to write their examination, she took them to the Saki Naka police station to register a case. The ICT paper leak also opened a can of worms after it was found that a connection existed between this case and the one that was registered on March 20 at the Amboli police station.

On further inquiry, it came to light that the one student who was withheld for questioning was friends with the nephew of IT engineering student Anwarun Hasan, who had been arrested for a series of paper leaks linked to tutor Firoz Khan in Ambernath, just a few days back.

For the unversed, Hasan is the same person who was arrested by the Amboli police on March 19 for allegedly supplying the History paper to students from MVM Swami Muktanand High School in Veera Desai Road, Andheri west, on their mobile phones, just half an hour before the exam was to begin.

The police have also found out that the two tuition teachers, one who was involved in the Amboli case as well, that is, Firoz Ansari and Muzzamil Kazi, had got the ICT paper as well as three other question papers namely Geography, Science, History and Political Science from none than but Hasan.

All the people in question- Anwarun Hasan, Firoz Ansari and Muzzamil Kazi- have been arrested by the police as of now. Meanwhile, both the tuition teachers- Ansari and Kazi- have been produced before an Andheri court on Tuesday and would remain in police custody until March 31.

Meanwhile, state education minister Vinod Tawde has said that cognizance is being taken of both the paper leaks which has become a recurrent affair and stringent action would be meted out to those who would be found guilty.