In a major crackdown, two impersonators were nabbed during Police Constable Recruitment -2016 (online) examinations. Both the impersonators were caught from a private college under Ayodhya Nagar police station area.
According to the police, the impersonators were caught from Sagar Institute of Research and Technology (SIRT) and Sagar Institute of Research and Technology-Excellence (SIRT-E) colleges.
CSP Ayodhya police, Rashmi Kharya, said that Nem Singh (33) of Agar in Uttar Pradesh, who appeared in place of Anil Singh (20) of Agra in Uttar Pradesh at Sagar Institute of Research and Technology (SIRT), was caught after the thumb impression of the impersonator did not match with the actual candidate. The two are cousin and were nabbed by the police.
In the second case, Praveen Katiyar of Kanpur appeared in place of Mohan Singh Mekadi of Morena and was nabbed after the photographs were found different by the invigilators. He was nabbed from Sagar Institute of Research and Technology- Excellence (SIRT-E).
Katiyar was provided Rs 80000 for appearing in examination for clearing but during the examination when the invigilators found out that the photographs were different, the college management was informed and police were informed who nabbed the accused.
The seizure of synthetic bandages having cloned thumb impressions, designed to beat fingerprint biometrics, from scamsters who wanted to impersonate candidates in the ongoing police constable recruitment test in Sagar on Tuesday led to speculation that there are certain vulnerabilities existing in the process.
A large number of thumb impression clones were recovered by Vyapam invigilators and the police from an examination centre in Sagar district on Tuesday. More than nine lakh candidates from all over the state are in fray for 14,000 constable posts in the state police. This exam is being conducted by Vyapam.
For the first time, centres in Bhopal were allotted even to those candidates who chose Gwalior as their examination centre. Both the impersonators had opted Gwalior as their exam centre. The centres were equipped with jammer so that candidates couldn’t use electronic devices. Even security was tightened following the cash-for-jobs Vyapam scam. The police have registered a case under section 419, 420 and 120 B of the IPC and Madhya Pradesh Manyataprapt Pariksha Adhiniyam -1933 and have started further investigation.
The exam is being conducted in 54 shifts in 18 days. On the first day, 75,000 candidates appeared in the exam. For the first time in the state’s history, an online exam is being conducted on a large scale as 9.24 lakh candidates will appear against 14,283 posts.
Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) director Bhaskar Lakshakara said: “We have made all arrangements of security to avoid any irregularities and usage of unfair means to clear the exam. We have also announced a reward of`1 lakh if someone gives information related to cheating and using any unfair means by any candidate.”
In October 2014, whistleblowers had requested the special task force (STF) to conduct a ‘poroscopy’ of the thumb impressions given by all medical students who appeared in the pre-medical test (PMT) after 2010. Impersonators in many cases apparently had used synthetic bandages bearing thumb impressions of actual candidates. Traditionally, fingerprints were used as evidence in court cases and even in high-tech security systems.