Following Hindustan Times’ exposé that bribery calls were made to some of the candidates who had appeared in a test for the technician’s post at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of Chandigarh Police on Monday made two more arrests, including that of the Delhi-based kingpin of the gang.
The accused have been identified Ashok Kumar, 59, a resident of Sector 46 and Khayali Ram Meena, 46, a resident of Palam Vihar, Gurgaon. Earlier on Saturday, the police had arrested two Chandigarh-based members of the gang — Mohit Kumar and Harpreet Singh — who were making the calls to the candidates. The police said during investigation, it came to the fore that Mohit and Harpreet called the candidates and offered them jobs at the PGIMER after payment of a negotiable amount.
The police said the duo was supplied personal and academic details of candidates by Khyali Ram Meena and Ashok Kumar, who had obtained these details from the website of PGIMER. They did so using the application number as the login ID and date of birth as password on candidates’ login portal. The accused then used these details to call the selected candidates in a bid to allure them with sure-shot selection in lieu of money.
Hindustan Times on June 10 in an exclusive story had reported how several candidates, who had recently appeared in the test held for the post of technician, have been receiving calls, wherein the caller asked them to pay anywhere between `2 lakh to `4 lakh for securing the job at the PGIMER.
There were some candidates who couldn’t qualify the examination, and they too were asked to pay `10 lakh to `14 lakh to get jobs at the institute by the accused.
The caller, claiming to be a PGI official, had mainly called those who had cleared the written examination and got the interview calls. To prove their credibility, the caller also shared confidential information of the candidates. The calls had been made from mobile number 7508650905.
Following the reports, the PGIMER administration had given a complaint to police for appropriate action. The director had also marked an internal vigilance inquiry.
Earlier on Saturday, the police arrested Mohit and Harpreet. An FIR under Sections 420 and 511 of the IPC was registered at the Sector 11 police station on the complaint of the PGIMER.
There were around 130 posts of junior laboratory technician, junior technician (X-ray) and operating theatre assistant, for which interviews were held on May 6 and the selection process was already complete. There were 78 posts for medical technologist, for which examination were held in February.