A gang involved in hi-tech cheating in an all-India Railway Recruitment Board exam was busted in Hyderabad on Sunday. The gang allegedly used earpieces with SIM cards to convey the answers to their candidates at different centres in Hyderabad, Tirupati and some other places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The police arrested 30 people, including candidates, and seized eight electronic devices with in-built SIM cards, two laptops, a printer, nine earpieces resembling bluetooth devices and 27 cellphones.
The main accused has been identified as Mahender Kumar, a Railways employee who has also been arrested. “Kumar lured gullible candidates and collected Rs 5 lakh each from them. He provided electronic devices, and assured them that the answers would be dictated,” said an official.
At 2:30 pm, the police raided a secluded area in Malkajgiri, and nabbed 20 people who were in the process of dictating answers to the candidates in exam halls through electronic devices.
“Kumar received the questions on WhatsApp from the candidates. He sent the questions to his team, who relayed the answers to the candidates. The candidates were wearing earpieces containing SIM cards and were connected via bluetooth,” said the official.