High-tech gadgets including spy cameras used in HP Police Constable Exam, 6 including topper held
NAHAN-Yesterday, we had started a discussion about undeserving candidates who manage to seep into HP Police and the dire need of lessons to them on decency and respect for human dignity, and today we have an demonstration of how undeserving and dishonest people enter into our system to pollute it.
Six people including the topper of the HP Police Constable Examination held on May 29 were arrested by Nahan police for using fraudulent means in exam. Other arrested candidate was Gurpreet Singh. Sushil Kumar had topped the exams securing 75 of total 80 marks while Gurpreet Singh obtained 67 marks in the same exam. Means used in the examination were so high-tech that the question paper was solved within minutes and two of the correct answers were appraised through the bluetooth devices.
According to Inspector General of Police, South Range, Zahur Zaidi, the duo had purchased two special vests usually used by forces. Apart from this, spycam, bluetooth devices and a software team viewer were part of their electronic paraphernalia which they concealed in their clothes. A skin-colored camera was attached their wrists to record the questions. They were able to send images of the question paper to a team of experts sitting within a radius of 100-200 meters. This team could see these images on their mobile or portable devices.
The team comprised of a student preparing for competitive examinations, another running a coaching institute and a postgraduate teacher working in a private institute. Gurpreet Singh had paid Rs 3 lakh to Ramandeep while Sushil Kumar gave Rs 25,000 to procure the electronic kits.
Their call detail records have pointed towards a conspiracy. Since written examinations are conducted in government schools, Ramandeep ensured that Sushil Kumar and Gurpreet were seated at convenient places in the examinations centres on May 29.
Among those arrested include the kingpin, Ramandeep Singh, a senior assistant working in the Nahan-based office of the Deputy Director (Elementary Education), shop owner Jaiprakash, cable operator Jitender, alias Johny, and a postgraduate teacher-cum-member of the Block Development Committee Krishan Kant.
The accused had been arrested for cheating and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC and relevant sections of the IT Act. They hail from the Kolar area of Sirmaur. However, police department is still conducting interviews as per schedule claiming no other candidate was reported to have cheated. Police has expressed suspicion about involvement of other government officials in this scam.
This gang’s involvement in more such written examinations for other departments could not be ruled out and they were inquiring into this aspect though this was the first such case where technology had been put to use to cheat in the recruitment examination in the state.
With inputs from TNS and Photo: Amar Ujala