NEET: Medical entrance server was hacked, two held, say cops

Raids are also being held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Bihar and other cities to nab the rest of the accused, which include some doctors, police said.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published:April 29, 2017 4:44 am

With the arrest of two people, Delhi Police have cracked a case wherein computer servers were allegedly hacked during the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), held to admit students into postgraduate medical courses in December, 2016. Raids are also being held in Delhi, Bengaluru, Bihar and other cities to nab the rest of the accused, which include some doctors, police said. Police said the arrested persons have been identified as Abhishek Singh, a native of Varanasi, and Atul Vats, a native of Patna.

“Police received information on January 20 that some people cracked the online medical entrance examination, held between December 5 and December 13, after hacking the servers. With the help of technical surveillance, police identified the accused and teams were formed to unearth the conspiracy,” police sources said, adding that a case has been registered following a complaint by Inspector Ashish Kumar, who was the leading the investigation team before Inspector Lokendra Chauhan took over.

The two arrests were made on April 10 and the men were taken into police custody for 10 days. Explaining the modus operandi of the gang, police said they charged a huge amount of money from aspirants after assuring them of good ranks in the NEET postgraduate examination.

“The accused zeroed in on aspirants and struck a deal with them after taking a hefty amount. Vats met a person looking after the software used for the examination and roped him in. Singh, meanwhile, asked some doctors for help. The doctors would sit in a hotel in Dwarka and take the exam from there,” a senior officer said.

“On the day of the examination, the candidate at the examination centre would be able to send the questions to the doctors as the servers were compromised. The paper was solved by experts sitting in a hotel in Dwarka, who would send the answers back to them,” an officer said.

“Since the exam was computer-based, an agency from the US providing Educational Testing Services is being roped in to unearth the larger conspiracy,” the officer said.

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    Stephen Heynes
    May 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm
    Government Ins utions are fast losing credibility ! Now we have to suspect everything this Government introduces, even EVMs.
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    Prasoon Maheshwari
    May 1, 2017 at 4:29 am
    This is accurate news.Govt think that NEET is fairer exam but there are many loop s. I personally know some students they did got admission by this Jugad.
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    Ronnie Dante
    Apr 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    This is a well known racket that has been going on for years. Honest hardworking students are being denied admission to post graduate medical courses by such unscrupulous crooks who buy seats. Just imagine the quality of doctors that will be churned out because of admission procured through such dishonest means. Hope the Government goes after these crooks and also cancels the admission of such students who have secured their admission by paying money to these characters
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    Dr Ranadive Suvarnn
    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:43 pm
    Dr Ranadive Suvarnn Apr 29, 2017 at 8:42 pm This needs to be investigated on national level as crisis of confidence exists in student community nationwide.
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    Dr Ranadive Suvarnn
    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:42 pm
    This needs to be investigated on national level as crisis of confidence exists in student community nationwide.
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    Sneha Das
    Apr 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    I was travelling in a local train in Howah West Bengal and I over heard two possibly medical students from private colleges talking of buying pg seats in top government colleges. One guy told the other that it happens all over India. Myself being a medical student studying in first year in Burdwan medical college, I could take their audacity. This was intolerable. I heard one of them give an email id of a woman to whom one needs to send all the required do ents and your seat will be booked. Names like jipmer aiims nimhans came up. I don't really know the authenticity of the email id or whether they really do such things I am just shocked at the audacity and dare of such people when thousands of of aspirants work hard all day and not get a rank because of such scams. I don't know whom to inform about it. So i shared it here. The email id was gargeechatterjee2010@gmail . If anyone can inform higher authorities then such scams can be stopped.
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    nikhil
    Apr 29, 2017 at 10:55 am
    By dis d exam stands cancel so do d councilling N admission process
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    Varun Shukla
    Apr 29, 2017 at 8:38 am
    I hope some action is taken against the fraudsters
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