A friend in need is a friend indeed. Well, this may be true in most cases, but sometimes doing something good for a friend can land you in trouble.
Twenty-year-old Yusuf Abdul Razaaq realised it on Monday when he was arrested for helping his friend, Sahil Iqbal Bhatkar, 19, pass a class X exam by impersonating him at an examination hall in a South Mumbai school.
An officer of the LT Marg police station said that Razaaq had impersonated Bhatkar for the English paper exam. The exam was being conducted by an English-medium school in Dr Vegas Street at Chira Bazaar area, police said. According to a police officer, Bhatkar told Razzaq that he needed his help in passing the examination because his grasp on English was poor.
Razzaq wrote the paper and submitted it to the invigilator, who noticed that the signature on the answer sheet was different from the one on the hall ticket. This made the invigilator suspicious, said senior inspector Arun Borude of the LT Marg police station.
Borude said the hall ticket also bore Razaaq’s photograph. The police, who were present at the examination centre, were then informed about the issue. The officer added that when they frisked Razzaq, they found on him an ID card of the India International Trade Centre and an ID card of Dr Ambedkar College of Commerce.
The police said they were verifying whether the cards are genuine. According to Borude, Razzaq told them that Bhatkar was not well versed with the language and had approached him to write the examination. They had also tampered with the hall ticket.
Bhatkar was waiting outside the centre. The police then went out and caught him. Borude said the duo has been booked on charges of cheating by impersonation and has been remanded in police custody till Tuesday.