Their inability to qualify in weekly exams drove Mohit Choudhary and three of his friends at a private college in MP’s Ujjain towards an irresistible business proposition.
Sources said it started three months ago when Choudhary and his friends failed in their second attempt in qualifying for an internal evaluation exam.
“They got frustrated. During one of his trips to Noida, a dejected Choudhary met Kapil Kumar and Krishan Pratap Singh and told them how difficult life had become for him in medical school,” said a senior police officer.
Kumar and Singh are MBAs and Choudhary had befriended them when they were staying in Noida six months ago. And an idea struck them — use technology but smartly enough to ensure that it didn’t meet the naked eye."They had a sketchy idea of what they wanted to do and made a trip to Ghaffar Market. They bought two Android phones equipped with powerful cameras and a bluetooth device which they could easily disassemble," the officer said.
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After several brainstorming sessions “where a computer programmer and their fourth accomplice Bhishma Singh showed them the way to turn a small earpiece into a Bluetooth-powered radio reception-cum-transmission device with the help of a basic electronic circuit, the gang conducted their first trial run”.
“But the earpiece would only function if the phone was positioned at a close angle to it. So they made another trip to Ghaffar Market and found the solution — a plastic mobile cover which could be stuck above the waist,” said the officer.
Once perfected, the price for their services was fixed at R20 lakh. But as word spread, with one interested client leading to another, they hiked their price to R40 lakh as late till Saturday night, the eve of the examination.
Sources said police are verifying the involvement of six more candidates who used the gang’s services and an arrest of a classmate of the already arrested Dr Amit Punia was in the offing.