In a major breakthrough, The Special Task Force (STF) Meerut Police arrested two students of Muzaffarnagar Medical College on Monday night for paying Rs 1 lakh each to the cheating mafia that replaces the answers written by students with the answers written by experts. The two arrested students were introduced to members of the cheating mafia by a second-year woman medical student who is already under the scanner but is yet to be arrested. Police said more names of students will surface after further interrogation. This can easily be tagged as ‘Uttar Pradesh’s own Vyapam scam‘.
Nine others, including six officials of Meerut’s Chaudhary Charan Singh University, have been identified as being part of a gang that expedited large-scale cheating for medical students. The racket is active since 2014 and has helped over 600 non-meritorious students pass the MBBS examination as per the police.
Apart from kingpin Kaviraj Singh, five university employees have been booked in the case. Among them, staffer Pavan Kumar and two contractual employees, Kapil Kumar and Sandeep, have been arrested. Another staffer, Salek Chandra, and a former employee, CP Singh, are on the run. STF also said that the kingpin in connivance with the staff of the university’s answer sheet evaluation department used to replace the students’ exam copies with those meticulously solved by experts. They used to charge Rs 1-1.5 lakh from medical students and Rs 30,000-40,000 from students of other professional courses at the university.
One of the two students being interrogated is the son of a doctor at one of Gurgaon’s top multi-specialty hospitals. He is a resident of Panipat in Haryana. The other is a resident of Sangroor in Punjab. Both are second-year students at Muzaffarnagar Medical College. They were held by police after their actual answer sheets were recovered after a tip-off.
The STF has already sealed bundles of answer sheets of semester examinations conducted in 2017. “More names of students will come up once we scan the answer sheets of previous years,” Singh said.