They got higher marks in Bangladesh and International affairs and pretty good scores in Bangla. However, their scores in English were very poor, despite the fact that they had got question papers before the ‘D’ unit admission test of Dhaka University. As a result, they were inside the top 30, yet they failed to get their desired subjects.
Two DU students confessed this to Criminal Investigation Department during interrogation on Sunday night. Shihab Hasan Khan of Islamic Studies department and Salman F Rahman of Sociology department got question papers of ‘D’ unit admission test in 2015, which helped them get into the university. On Monday, they made confessional statements to the court, said Sumon Kumar Das, an assistant superintendent of police at CID.
Shihab became 14th in the merit list with a score of 92.10 in the admission test. However, he only scored 10 out of 30 in English, meaning he cannot choose one of the top subjects. He needed at least 16 in English to study BBA, Economics, Law or English.
Salman, who became 26th, scored 12 in English and had to choose Sociology.
As many as 27 people have so far been arrested on charges of adopting unfair means to get into the Dhaka University in the recent years.
ASP Sumon said the candidates gave Natore district games officer Raqibul Hasan Tk 400,000 each for the leaked question papers. Raqibul was arrested on 12 December.
CID sources said Raqibul got the question from Saiful Islam, an employee of Dhaka University Press. As many as 22 candidates were brought to his sister’s place at Savar on the night before the exam and they were made to memorise the answers there. All of them paid Raqibul Tk 400,000 each.
Special superintendent of CID’s organised crime unit Molla Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo that they were trying to nab every single person associated with the irregularities regarding DU admissions.