Bangalore: Investigations into the recent II PU question paper leak that derailed the examination schedule have hotted up as the queen-pin of the racket, Shashikala, was traced to Kolar, sources said.
But the lecturer who moonlighted as realtor before masterminding the question paper leak racket gave a CCB and CID team pursuing her the slip on Sunday evening.
‘‘She visited a friend’s house in Kolar on Sunday morning. She had used the mobile of her friend’s husband helping police track her down. But when they reached Kolar in the evening she had fled,’’ the sources said.
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With the rescheduled II PU exams kickstarting with Physics subject on Tuesday, fraudsters continued to cash in on the fears of vulnerable students and collected huge sums of money after promising to produce leaked question papers.
However, no copy of leaked question papers of any impending subject had made its appearance till late in the night.
In Raichur, authorities used a girl as a decoy to expose the massive question paper leak racket.
The girl was sent to Lucky Cyber Café located in Mavinakere, in the heart of Raichur city. ‘‘The girl was approached by a man near the cyber cafe. He agreed to sell her a question paper for an upcoming subject for Rs 10,000 and took Rs 5,000 as advance,’’ deputy commissioner MV Savithri said.
Later, a special team led by Savithri and superintendent of police SK Bisnahalli raided the cyber centre, detained two men and seized computers and hard disks suspected to have been used by the racketeers.
Police sources said that preliminary investigations revealed that a stranger had downloaded a few mails from Kolar, Mulbagil and Mandya at the cyber centre. The police also raided two rooms in a lodge on Mantralaya Road and seized a computer and other material from there. Anticipating the raid, racketeers are believed to have left behind the computer and fled.
Speaking to TOI, Savithri said that they are retrieving the mails that were sent and received from the hard-discs. ‘‘We are sure that question papers have been downloaded from here,’’ Savithri told TOI.