Four detained for 'impersonating' in Comed-K test

The Central Industrial Security Force and North-East division police claimed to have busted a racket involved in impersonating candidates for the Comed-K test by detaining four persons in Bangalore on Monday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East), T Suresh said acting on a tip-off, the CISF personnel conducted a thorough check at the Bengaluru International Airport when the four were arrested. The four have been identified as  Vivekananda, Avinash Sinha, Nakul and Subodh Kumar - all from Bihar.

All the four had booked tickets to Delhi. The CISF personnel noticed discrepancies in the hall tickets and the identity cards that they produced for verification. After questioning, the four admitted that they were in the City to impersonate candidates in the Comed-K test. They claimed that they wrote the exam at KLE College in Rajajinagar, police said.

The suspects were carrying the flight tickets of the candidates they were impersonating. The security staff grew suspicious after they found that the names in the identity card did not match with those mentioned in the admission tickets and flight tickets. 

Investigations revealed that  Subodh Kumar appeared for Aneesh Shetty of Dakshina Kannada and Vivekananda for Nitin Solanki. The other details are being ascertained.
A S Srikanth, Chief Executive Officer of Comed-K told Deccan Herald that there had been no complaints from any of the centres during the test.

“ Unless it is proved that they are fake hall tickets, we can’t confirm it. We are still in the process of verification and hence have not yet lodged complaint with the police,” he said. Srikanth said they even had biometric records of all the candidates who appeared for the test.

However, sources said there were two incidents of malpractice at KLE College on Sunday. When a squad attempted to collect biometrics of the candidates, one of them ran away from the room and absconded. Presently police officials are verifying whether he is among the detained. Two candidates who had swapped their question papers were also caught at the same centre.

Dr S C Hegadi, Principal of KLE College, Rajajinagar told Deccan Herald that they had allowed the college premises to be used as a centre for the test and beyond that the institution was in no way connected with it.

Sources in the police say an impersonation ring in competitive examinations mainly operates out of Bihar. A senior police officer said that last year, a person arrested for impersonation had confessed to impersonating in Comed-K exams for the past three years.

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