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Question paper leak: two held

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, APRIL 11. The Crime Branch arrested on Saturday two persons, including a Nagpur Medical College student, for allegedly leaking the question papers of the All-India Pre-Medical Test conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It has not ruled out the involvement of Ranjit Singh Don, who was arrested in November last on charges of leaking the Common Admission Test (CAT) papers, in the incident.

The Anti-Kidnapping Section of the Crime Branch received a tip-off that a gang was about to leak the CBSE pre-medical test papers here. The papers were to be sold at Rs. 7 lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs per candidate. The culprits had hired a flat in New Ashok Nagar for that purpose. Subsequently, a police team raided the flat on Saturday night and arrested the two, Vikas Verma and Rakesh Verma, who were distributing hand-written test papers to 13 candidates, seven from Ganganagar in Rajasthan, five from Delhi and one from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Police showed the physics and chemistry papers to the Controller of Examinations, CBSE, who confirmed that they were true copies of the original question papers. A case was then registered.

According to the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), B.K. Gupta, Vikas is a third year student of Nagpur Medical College. During interrogation, he disclosed the names of three accomplices, who are absconding. Two of them — Ranjit Verma, also a student of Nagpur Medical College, and his brother, Satinder Verma — were residents of Pandav Nagar in East Delhi. Rakesh Verma, a resident of Dhanbad in Jharkhand, disclosed that the gang had been operating for the last four years.

While the interrogation of Rakesh and Vikas was on, police also questioned the 13 candidates and their parents. The mother of one of the candidates said that about six months ago, they had come across a newspaper advertisement offering spot admissions into medical colleges. She contacted the agency concerned and was told that she could also get some papers that would comprise almost 90 per cent of the questions appearing in the pre-medical test. Through word of mouth, this information reached other parents too.

The agency gave a mobile number to the parents for further directions. On April 8, the woman received a call asking her and others to send their wards to the New Ashok Nagar flat on Saturday to collect the papers. During interrogation, the accused disclosed that their plan was to confine the candidates in the flat till they left for the examination centres. They had to memorise the answers to the questions there and were not allowed to carry a mobile phone or take the papers along with them. This was to ensure that no one else got the papers. The accused disclosed that on Saturday night, they were supposed to collect the copies of papers of other subjects of the pre-medical test, but the carrier did not turn up.

While other gang members are yet to be nabbed, police believe that they were also leaking the papers from another centre located somewhere in the Capital.

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