MP: STF tracking student allegedly involved in Vyapam scam

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore/Muzaffarpur
  • Updated: Feb 05, 2015 18:43 IST

A team of special task force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh police visited Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital looking for a student who is believed to have links to the Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal (VYAPAM) scam of 2013.

Reports said, STF members approached the principal (in-charge) of the college, Dr Usha Sharma on Tuesday and collected information about the student. However, when the STF team visited the institute on Tuesday and Wednesday the student wasn't present on the campus.

"We provided them all the necessary details, besides documents being used by the student during the admission process," said the college principal. The VYAPAM scam is a massive admission and recruitment scandal involving various politicians, senior bureaucrats and businessmen across the country.

The scam had halted proceedings of the MP assembly for several days after the opposition parties demanded immediate resignation of chief minister of the state. "A team of STF officials was sent to a college in Muzaffarpur to look for a student who was involved in scam but we cannot reveal his identity. Investigation is going on and soon he will be nabbed," said STF Madhya Pradesh AIG Ashish Khare.

"Nearly 1,300 students have been expelled from MP medical colleges for using unfair means to get admission. The number of students suggests that at least an equal number of imposters were behind them," said one of the officials of STF under cover of anonymity.

Notably, a separate team had already quizzed four students of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (RIMS&R), Safai of Uttar Pradesh in December last year.

Nine students of Kasturba Gandhi Medical University, Lucknow were also detained for questioning over their alleged involvement in the VYAPAM scam. According to the STF sources, the modus operandi used by the scamsters was to make fake candidates sit for the examination instead of the actual aspirants.

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