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Three held for duping parents,selling ’09 DU paper as ‘leaked’ PMET questions

Accused managed to get hands on a list with students’ names who were to appear for test

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana | Published: May 21, 2012 3:43:48 am

Accused managed to get hands on a list with students’ names who were to appear for test

Ferozepur police claim to have arrested three Delhi-based persons who contacted students to sell them the paper for Punjab Medical Entrance Test (PMET) 2012. News of the ‘leak’ broke out at midnight on Saturday. Police contacted Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS),Faridkot,authorities and forwarded them the leaked paper who examined it and concluded that the paper was infact a 2009 Delhi University question paper.

Dr S S Gill Vice-Chancellor BFUHS said,“We received the information around 1 am on Sunday and I along with a high-powered committee constituted to conduct this test checked our string room. No paper was found missing. The Ferozepur police then sent us the leaked paper and we found that this paper was a 2009 Delhi University question paper and no question mentioned in this paper matched with that of ours.”

The PMET exam was conducted successfully on Sunday in which 11,400 students appeared for the exam conducted in 48 centres.

In addition to the three accused,two persons have been arrested for buying the paper while another two are being pursued by investigating officials.

SSP (Ferozepur) H S Mann said,“These persons managed to get a database of students who were to appear for the exam and contacted them to sell the paper. Out of a total of 500-600 students whose contact information was available,10 agreed. The deal was that the parents will pay Rs 2 lakh in advance for the question paper. These men have told us that they first supplied the paper to a parent in Hoshiarpur who is doctor,then to one in Kapurthala after which they reached Ferozepur where they had struck a deal with two parents.”

The arrested have been identified as Dilshad Hussain,Rinku Sidhu and Dhiraj Bagra all residents of Delhi while the parents have been identified as Dr Rajpal Singh of Guru HarSahai and Manraj Singh,both residents of Ferozepur. The police found 200 question papers from the accused and recovered an Endeavour SUV. The accused have been booked under Sections 420,120 B and 61 B of the IT Act as they had created a fake ID by the name of A K Sehgal who is a lecturer in Hamirpur.

In 2008,BFUHS was rocked by a PMET scam where imposters were found sitting in place of actual students and appearing for the test. This multi-state scam is still being probed.

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