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Girl writes medical exam for others

india Updated: Jul 27, 2007 23:47 IST
Bharat Kumar
Bharat Kumar
Hindustan Times
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Many female medical students have Babli Kazmi to thank for helping them get through the tough college entrance exam. The 27-year-old made a profession out of appearing as a dummy candidate in exams and was an integral part of an interstate gang that helped candidates get admission in medical colleges across the country.

Now cooling her heels in jail after she and her gang were recently busted in West Bengal by a team of the Kolkata Police special branch, Babli is facing her biggest test yet.

The daughter of a class IV employee of the Varanasi Nagar Nigam, Babli did her intermediate from a college in her hometown.

After a few years, she started giving tuitions in physics and chemistry to higher secondary students. But the lucre of easy money drove her to doing con jobs.

Babli earned Rs 30,000-40,000 for every successful exam she wrote while the gang leader walked off with a cool Rs 4-5 lakh.

She was arrested on Tuesday night after an undercover operation by the Kolkata Police and produced in a court there the next day. Her appearance in the Kolkata Centre of West Bengal joint medical entrance exam in April last proved to be her undoing as the Kolkata police had kept their eye on her since then.

Incidentally, the woman she appeared in the exam for, Rupa Mazumdar of Durgapur, got the 707th rank when the results came out.

Mazumdar, a student of a medical coaching centre in Durgapur, had taken the help of Durgapur and Kolkata-based members of Babli’s gang. Babli sat for the exam at the Kolkata exam centre on April 23.