New Delhi, March 18
The Delhi Crime Branch busted a gang of fraudsters who were leaked the paper of National Technical Research Organization (NTRO).
The crime branch stated that the accused conspired and executed the conspiracy to earn huge amount of money through prospective candidates. With the assistance of modern day technology, these racketeers hatched their nefarious plans and cheated the examination board and society at large.
The accused have been identified as Arunjay, Arun Kumar, Subhash Chand, Deepak Raghav and Govind Kumar of Delhi, UP and Bihar respectively.
The crime Branch had received intel that NTRo exams were being held at Paramount School, Dwarka for posts of NTRO Aviator-II and Technical Assistant and mastermind Arunjay will leak the papers and is going to provide answer keys to various candidates at different centers in Delhi NCR in lieu of around Rs.30 lacs for the post of NTRO Aviator-II and approx. Rs.15 lacs. for Technical Assistant.
The crime branch formed special teams conversation/transmission of messages related to paper leak were identified. The police found Arunjoy whose mobile phone was found containing the C-Set of Question Paper and he had also received answers key for the same on his mobile phone.
DCP Satish Sharma stated that the team found his WhatsApp account, admit cards of various candidates were also found with the amount transfer messages to provide answer keys to the candidates. On his instance, one candidate was detained and on questioning, she disclosed that Arunjay had promised her to provide Answer Keys of the exam. From other examination centre located at Shakti Nagar, two other such candidates were detained to whom the alleged Arunjay had assured to provide Answer Keys. In the evening shift, two more candidates were detained whose admit cards were found present in the Mobile phone of Arunjay. On enquiry from the school, it came to light that Arunjay is working as Assistant Examination Superintendent in the school and has access to all class rooms during the exam. After having sufficient evidence that he is involved in paper leak of NTRO technical officers vacancies, a case was registered and during the course of investigation, 4 other persons namely Arun, Deepak Raghav, Subhash Chand & Govind were also arrested from different locations.
The officer added that Arun, Deepak Raghav, Subhash Chand had enticed candidates to pay up money for the answer keys. The person, who provided the answer keys is absconding and efforts are going on to arrest him.
DCP Satish Sharma said, "This gang had an ingenious modus operandi. They did not use the traditional methods of paper leaks by spending money on acquiring examination papers by colluding with printing press owners/ managers/officials but saved all the cheated money by using simple messaging mobile applications. Earlier such crimes were usually committed by connivance at printing press or during transportation of papers or by bribing officials at examination centres. However, with the rise in such cases, the examination boards have beefed up their systems and put a check on such activities. To transcend this hindrance, these racketeers adopted a different modus operandi. They would approach the far flung examination centres where authorities have little chance of coming for checking. They would do a thorough research about the head of that centre. They would entice the principal/management officials of that centre with bribes. They knew that the papers would arrive at the centre about one or one and a half hours before the commencement of examination".
He added, "This time gap at their disposal before the commencement of exam was sufficient for these professional cheats to take pics of the papers and transfer the papers on mobile phone to distantly located academic associates, who would solve those papers and forward answer-keys to their clients using whatsapp and other messaging applications. Majority of the clientele comprised of students from coaching institutes, who would cough up exorbitant amounts of money to get the solved answer-keys. They made fool proof plan of leaving no physical evidence behind to ensure smooth sailing of their operations".
Several racketeers involved in this organized crime from where these racketeers get the access to the question paper have been identified and necessary action is being taken against them. The arrested accused persons are in judicial custody and more arrests are likely with the further investigation.