II PU paper on WhatsApp, Barcode helps crack case

II PU paper on WhatsApp, Barcode helps crack case

 Security measures introduced to make the II PU exam foolproof helped track a lecturer who sent pictures of a question paper through WhatsApp on Monday.

The accused, Siddangouda, is a part-time lecturer at Kalinga PU College in Manvi, Raichur district. Siddangouda entered a classroom at SRSVS College by posing as a member of the flying squad and took a picture of the Accountancy question paper.

At 11.40 am, he sent the picture to Mahesh Kumar, principal of Kalinga College, who forwarded it to the institute’s director Sharanabasava Bettadur.

Authorities were alerted by noon that pictures of the first page of the Accountancy question paper were circulating on WhatsApp before the exam had concluded.

The barcode on the question paper – introduced for the first time this year – and the CCTV footage helped the police in concluding the investigation in a matter of three hours. The barcode helped in ascertaining the examination centre.  

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