Bhopal police have got a whiff of a major inter-state racket that might be operating recruitments in banks.
Following interrogation of two impersonators, who were caught by Ratibad police within a week, a special team of police left for Bihar on Tuesday in search of a racket member who may be a crucial link, to bust the racket.
The impersonators, who were held from a centre where online written exam of State Bank of India (SBI) for the post of clerks was being conducted, told the interrogators that they were "recruited" by a Bihar-based person—Ravi Kumar—for taking the exam in place of other candidates. They were promised to be paid Rs 2 lakh for each candidate.
The police officials feel a big racket was involved in the bank recruitment exam. "Both the impersonators belong to Bihar and the original candidates are from Rajasthan. It seems that an organised gang is active behind the scenes," said Sandhya Sharma, town inspector of Ratibad.
During interrogation, Shlok Kumar, 23, who was caught from IES Group of Institutions in Ratibad on Sunday, admitted that he took the exam in place of another candidate, a day before he was caught by the police.
"He sat in the same exam in place of another candidate, who also belongs to Rajasthan, at a different exam centre (Oriental Engineering College)," said Sandhya Sharma.
Police source said the impersonators revealed that many others, too, took the exam at various other examination centres in Madhya Pradesh.
"Once the person, who had sent both the impersonators for taking the exam in place of other candidates, is caught, we hope we will crack a big racket. The examination is being held at various centres across the state. Both the accused are being quizzed to find out the entire modus operandi of the racket," the town inspector added.
Earlier, another impersonator, identified as Prateek Shekhar, 22, who hails from Aurangabad district in Bihar, was arrested on July 20 for taking the same examination on behalf of Mukesh Chand Meena, a resident of Karoli district in Rajasthan.