The recent arrest of aspiring civil servants, who were roped in from Uttar Pradesh to take the ongoing online MP police constable recruitment tests for actual candidates across the state, has revealed a new trend.
The Madhya Pradesh police are recruiting 14,000 police constables through Vyapam or the Professional Examination Board (PEB) of the Madhya Pradesh government. The first stage of recruitment involves an online written test conducted at various centres. Nearly 9.24 lakh people have applied for the posts.
The exam started on July 17 and will go on till August 9.
Mastermind, solvers and the actual candidates all hail from UP
Arrest of eight men from Sagar and Katni districts of MP over the last two days has led the MP police to a new East UP-based impersonation racket, where the mastermind, solvers (impersonators) and the actual candidates -- all hail from UP.
The fulcrum of the racket has been identified as Sanjay Dube, a 35-year-old mathematics teacher from Mirzapur district of East UP. He had roped in youngsters pursuing coaching at private coaching centers in Allahabad to appear for UP-based candidates ready to shell out Rs 3 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh to crack the online examination.
3 solvers were arrested from a hotel in Sagar
Three solvers aged between 22 and 25 years -- Vinay Singh, Santosh Mishra and Pradip Yadav-- were arrested from a hotel in Sagar on Tuesday.
In Katni, three arrested men include actual candidate Satya Prakash Tiwari, his middleman brother Om Prakash Tiwari (both natives of Mirzapur in East UP) and solver Indresh Mishra -- pursuing civil services coaching at Allahabad.
Racket mastermind runs a coaching centre in Allahabad
Interrogation of the arrested trio in Katni led to the arrest of the racket mastermind Dube who also runs a coaching centre in Allahabad.
Racket middleman Rinku Tiwari was also arrested from a hotel in Sagar on Tuesday, Sagar additional SP Pankaj Pandey said.
The accused were sent to two days of police remand by a Sagar court on Wednesday.
“Their interrogation so far has revealed that they had already impersonated for four candidates in the ongoing online police recruitment exam in Sagar and were slated to appear for many others in Sagar, Katni and Rewa districts,” said Pandey.
The Modus Operandi
Seizure of seven admit cards has revealed that the arrested solvers had to appear for more candidates in Rewa, Sagar and Katni for which they would have been paid between Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000.
They were adopting same impersonation route to help candidates pass similar lower subordinate and clerical grade exams in UP.
The arrested solvers had managed to get admit cards which bore their pictures instead of the actual candidates.
The solvers were using admit cards bearing their pictures and signatures and they had also managed to get the thumb impression of actual candidates cloned through a special polyster/acrylic film resembling the skin membrane. Such films have been recovered from the hotel in Sagar where they were staying.