Ninth arrest in AIIMS entrance scandal

Ninth arrest in AIIMS entrance scandal

Delhi Police have made the ninth arrest after investigating into the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE) question paper leak scandal busted earlier this year.

Dev Prakash Dewangan, a 23-year-old doctor, was held in Chhattisgarh on Sunday, said Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner of police (crime and railways).  Earlier arrests

Police have already arrested mastermind Mohit Choudhary, Ravi Attri, Kapil Kumar, Krishan Pratap Singh, Bhishma Singh, Dr Amit Punia, Sai Balender Bakshi and Vimal Dangi for their involvement in the well-organised racket.

The gang had used high-end mobile phones and bluetooth concealed in their shirts to e-mail images of question papers. As soon the papers were solved at a secret location, the answers were provided over cellphones to some candidates who were willing to pay a huge amount.

The examination is conducted by All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in January for filling 50 per cent postgraduate seats in government medical colleges across the country. About 70,000 candidates had taken the exam at 156 centres in 15 states.

Each candidate involved in the scam was to pay Rs 25 to Rs 35 lakh to the racketeers.

The money was to be paid to the racketeers after the aspirants were selected. In order to ensure that they received the payment, the gang had taken the original certificates of the candidates.

On being subjected to intensive interrogation, Dev told police that he met Mohit in September, 2011 when he went to Nagpur to enquire about paid seats in a college’s postgraduate course.

“Mohit informed him that he was conducting a capsule course of three days for entrance examinations of leading institutions. He further lured Dev and assured him a postgraduate seat in AIIMS for Rs 18 lakh,” Jain added.

The amount was to be paid after success in entrance exam. As a surety, Mohit had kept his documents, which were recovered during the police raid.

“As per Mohit’s direction, after the exam on January 8, Dev destroyed a shirt with bluetooth devices stitched on it, a minute earphone and a high-end cellphone,” Jain said.

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