Indicating that different major rackets were in play, 21 impersonators and as many as 86 other persons suspected of conspiring malpractices during the recruitment test for posts of MP Police constables were arrested across the state late on Saturday night and Sunday.
Most of those arrested are from states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Rajathan and Delhi, police have said.
The test was held at 996 centres across all 50 districts of the state on Sunday morning. In all, 4,26,083 candidates had registered for the test and about 90% appeared for the test, sources said. More than 6,000 posts of constables are to be filled up through the written test to be followed by other selection methods (physical fitness test etc).
While the 21 impersonators, two of them in capital Bhopal, were arrested after being detected during the test, most of the others suspects were held on Saturday night from different lodges and hotels in Morena (68) and Gwalior (15). Three were held at Rewa on Sunday afternoon.
The MP Professional Examination Board had generated a list of 1803 candidates who had filled up multiple online application forms and that too from different cities. Of these 258 candidates were from Bhopal, 232 from Indore, 100-odd from Morena, 62 from Gwalior and so on.
"This list had been circulated to all the concerned test centres so that the suspects could be tracked. This helped in detecting the 21 impersonators against whom FIR was immediately lodged," Pankaj Trivedi, controller of examination of PEB told HT.
Additional director general of police (selection) KN Tiwari told HT that the police were on high alert mainly because of the sheer number of the candidates and the probability of malpractices. "We had kept vigil on the different lodges and hotels, especially in Gwalior-Chambal region and managed to arrest over 80 suspects who were clearly camping with the aim of introducing malpractices in the test," Tiwari said.
During initial interrogation, some of the impersonators have reportedly admitted that they had agreed to take the test in place of the actual candidate for a sum of Rs 5,000. The police are interrogating those arrested further to know the extent of the impersonation racket.