Meerut: In a major breakthrough, two students of Muzaffarnagar Medical College in Uttar Pradesh were arrested on Monday for paying Rs 1 lakh each to the cheating mafia that submitted answers written by experts in place of the students.
According to a report in the Times of India, the racket is active since 2014 and has helped over 600 non-meritorious students pass the medical examinations.
Nine others, including six officials of Meerut’s Chaudhary Charan Singh University, one of UP’s top varsities, have been identified as being part of a gang that facilitated large-scale cheating for medical students.
According to STF, which busted the gang, the two arrested students were introduced to members of the cheating mafia by a second-year woman medical student who is already under the scanner but is yet to be arrested.
One of the two students being interrogated, Ayush Kumar, 21, is the son of a doctor at one of Gurgaon’s top multi-specialty hospitals. He is a resident of Panipat in Haryana. The other, Swarnjeet Singh, 22, is a resident of Sangroor in Punjab. Both are second-year students at Muzaffarnagar Medical College. They were held by police after their actual answer sheets were recovered after a tip-off.
STF sources said that the kingpin in connivance with staff of the university’s answer sheet evaluation department used to replace the students’ exam copies with those meticulously solved by experts. They used to charge Rs 1-1.5 lakh from medical students and Rs 30,000-40,000 from students of other professional courses at the university.