The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police arrested five more touts on Wednesday including a close relative of a Bihar politician as part of its ongoing investigation into a scam involving the blocking of seats in medical colleges affiliated to the Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges in Karnataka through the use of fake candidates for entrance tests.
The accused have been identified as Rajiv Singh, a cousin of a top youth wing lea-der of a national party in Bihar, Bablu Singh alias Rakesh and Jitesh Kumar, all are natives of Bihar, Dheeraj Kumar Shaw of Jharkand and Ajay Kumar Paswan of Chhattisgarh.
Police sources said all five accused persons played a vital role in the scam. They had all come to Bangalore few years ago and had settled here. All of them had rented homes at Sanjayanagar, MSR Nagar, Hesaraghatta — around the medical colleges where they operated.
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The interrogation of the five accused has revealed that they arranged funds for the fake candidates to book their airline tickets, accommodation and other expenditure. They picked bright students from medical entrance tutorials to pose as aspirants and appear for the medical entrance test conducted by the COMED-K.
The bright students were being picked up through the help of local agents in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The medical college seats acquired by the good candidates would be blocked in their names but no admission would be made allowing private college managements to sell the seats at a premium to non-meritorious students. The police said that all the five accused persons were produced before a court and later taken into custody for eight days for further investigation.
The CCB police said the number of accused reached 44 Wednesday with the latest arrest of the five persons. The five had been absconding since last Sunday after they heard about the arrest at the Bangalore Aiport of fake candidates who had appeared for the entrance test. They first hid away in Mysore before sifting out to Ooty in Tamil Nadu. The police managed to track their location and picked them up from Ooty. They were arrested after detailed questioning about their involvement in the scam. “We have arrested 44 persons including nine middlemen. Of the arrested 35 are impersonators ,” a police officer said.