Lucknow, Mar 21: In Uttar Pradesh, fake doctors are not a thing of the past. Remember Sanjay Dutt-starrer Munnabhai MBBS, well something similar has happened in India’s largest state. On Monday night (March 19), the state police arrested two students of Muzaffarnagar Medical College for allegedly paying Rs 1 lakh each to the cheating mafia for submitting expert-written answer sheets in place of those written by the students themselves. Amid reports of several such incidents, the ‘scam’ is being dubbed as ‘Uttar Pradesh’s Vyapam scam‘.
In total, the police have identified nine persons, including six officials of Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut, as being a part of the gang that looked after the smooth operation of the cheating racket which since 2014, has helped over 600 non-meritorious students pass the MBBS exam in the state.
Sources close to Special Task Force (STF), which busted the gang, have told The Times of India that that kingpin (Kaviraj Singh) of the racket used to replace the examination copies of the students with the ones meticulously solved by the experts. The charge for the same was Rs 1 – 1.5 lakh. All of this was done in connivance with the staff of the university’s answer sheet evaluation department. If was also informed that the racket is not limited to only the MBBS students. The gang used to charge Rs 30,000-40,000 from students of other professional courses.
Meanwhile, bundles of answer sheets of semester exams (2017) have already been sealed by the STF. It has also written to the state government requesting a special investigating team (SIT) be set up to probe the matter.
Apart from kingpin, five university employees have been booked in the case. Among them is a staffer and two contractual employees. Two other staff members are on the run.