Madhya Pradesh’s Special Task Force (STF) probing the Vyapam scam raided a medical college at Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh and arrested a MBBS student allegedly involved in the scandal.
Shiv Pratap Maurya, a resident of Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from the Mahamaya Government Medical College and taken away for interrogation by the STF on Sunday.
A police officer said the STF sleuths grilled students from the batches of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in the college’s hostel before detaining Maurya.
Earlier, the STF had arrested two other students of the medical college. The college’s officials have been tight-lipped over the arrests.
The STF also picked up students of the KGMU in Lucknow, GSVM Medical College in Kanpur and Rural Institute of Medical Sciences in Saifai for interrogation.
An officer said around 125 students enrolled in different medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh are on the radar of the STF for their alleged involvement in the Vyapam or Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam.
These students allegedly appeared in the Pre-Medical Test conducted by the MPPEB in Madhya Pradesh in place of the original candidates. Scamsters paid money to the students to impersonate the candidates.
The Vyapam scam, so named from the Hindi acronym for the MPPEB, is considered one of the biggest scams in the country’s education sector. The Madhya Pradesh High Court ordered a probe after the scam was unearthed in 2013.
More than 2,000 people have been arrested in connection with the scam. Many politicians, bureaucrats and middlemen are said to be involved in the scam which, according to police, involved scamsters employing imposters to write tests conducted by the MPPEB for admission to professional courses and recruitment in government jobs.
The scamsters also supplied forged answer sheets by bribing officials between 2012 and 2013.
Some 38 people linked to the scam have died in mysterious circumstances though Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur has described all the deaths as “normal”. The Special Task Force is probing 25 of these suspicious deaths.