Police on Tuesday formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the alleged leak of ‘answers’ for pre-medical tests in Haryana’s Rohtak district but the suspected kingpin continued to evade arrest more than two days after the scam was busted.
Police also said that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – which conducts the All India Pre-Medial and Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) – is yet to seek their help despite the serious nature of the scam.
The scam was unearthed after police arrested two dentists and an MBBS student for allegedly passing on ‘answer-keys’ to some students using sophisticated vests attached with SIM card units and bluetooth-enabled earpieces during the test on May 3.
The police claimed to have recovered ‘answer-keys’ to 90 questions of total 180 questions.
“We have approached the CBSE’s central controller of examinations KK Chaudhary and he has assured cooperation. Now we have formed a SIT which will coordinate with CBSE officials and the answer-keys recovered by the police will be sent to them for the verification,” said Shashank Anand, Rohtak superintendent of police.
However, the CBSE official was not available on phone despite repeated attempts by HT. He also did not respond to several e-mails sent to his id.
A police official who is part of the investigating team expressed surprise at what he described as a “lackadaisical approach” of the CBSE, which have put a question mark over the fate of the lakhs of students who appeared for the exams.
“We are surprised by the behavior of the institution which had conducted the exams. They should have approached us immediately after the arrest of the people, but it seems that they are not taking this issue seriously,” said the official.
Police have also intensified search for one Roop Singh Dangi, who has emerged as the kingpin of the gang which had planned to earn around Rs 15-20 lakh from each student. A PTI report said police are probing at least nine candidates with whom the deal was struck by the accused to help them “pass”.
According to police, the accused had installed digital watches and microphones in the undergarments, to be given to the students during the exam to access the answers. Police had also recovered copies of the answer keys from their mobile phones, which they had received via messaging service WhatsApp.