A youngster arrested for allegedly solving the leaked question paper of the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) is a student from Bihar who wanted to become an IAS officer.
The suspect, identified only as Gautam, was pursuing BTech at a university in New Delhi and was one of two youngsters picked up from the capital by a special investigation team (SIT) of Haryana Police.
“Gautam has turned out to be the main person who had solved the leaked question paper. Preliminary questioning revealed that he was preparing to appear for the civil services and his arrest is a major success for the SIT,” a senior police official told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity.
Dharmender, the other accused who was arrested, is a management student. Police officials said he played a key role in securing undergarments designed to hold Bluetooth devices for receiving answer keys during the test on May 3.
Besides the answer keys, police recovered mobile phone chips, micro earphones, Bluetooth devices and digital watches with built-in cameras that were allegedly used for cheating during the test.
Gautam belongs to Ranipur in Bihar while Dharmender is from Nalanda in the same state. They were arrested during raids at different places in Delhi on Sunday.
The youngsters were later produced in a court in Rohtak that remanded them in police custody for two days so that they could be questioned further.
Police have so far arrested 26 people allegedly involved in the AIPMT leak case but the alleged mastermind, Roop Singh Dangi, remains elusive.
“Authorities have already been alerted to ensure that Dangi does not leave the country and his details, including passport number and photographs, (have been) made available with all offices concerned. So far, there is no input that Dangi was spotted at any of the international borders,” a police source said.
Officials said students suspected of having benefited from the question paper leak will soon join the investigation.
“Though the SIT has identified 44 students who benefited from the question paper leak, the numbers could go up with the arrest of more members of the gang. Students across India had paid huge sums of money to the gang,” said an official privy to the probe.
The AIPMT examination held in May was cancelled by the Supreme Court after authorities found that the question paper was leaked and the answer keys circulated to students across 10 states.
The court has directed the CBSE to hold a fresh pre-medical test and declare the results by August 17.
More than 630,000 students will have to take the test afresh. The examination is used to fill over 3,800 coveted medical seats, around 15% of the total.