AIPG 2012 is the Postgraduate Medical Entrance Exam of India for admission of doctors into Postgraduation Courses all over India(all the government medical colleges). This year, it was conducted on Sunday the 8th of January 2012.
Every year around 80,000 to 1,20,000 doctors who have completed their MBBS course write this exam for admission to various government colleges across India. This is conducted by AIIMS, one of the top medical colleges in the country.
But this year it was found that cheating had taken place in this exam with the help of high-end mobile phones, bluetooth headsets and skin-coloured, in-the-ear earphones.
The gang used mobile phone cameras(Nokia Lumia & Sony Ericcson Xperia) concealed in their long sleeved shirts to take photos of the question paper, and these photos were sent by GPRS connection to an email address. Their accomplices were waiting in a rented accomodation outside the exam centre to download and print these photos. Once they printed 23 pages of the question paper, they quickly took their car(Maruti Alto Car No. DL-3CBA-2575) to meet others at Pragati Maidan, Delhi. Their plan was to get the answers by referring Medical Books and the Internet and to relay the answers to the cheating ‘candidates’ who would pay them.
The cheating candidates were equipped with hidden mobile phones connected by bluetooth to miniature bluetooth headsets in skin-tone colours to make them unnoticeable. Some also had earphones stitched into the back of their shirt collars. Once the accomplices outside got the answers, they would call the candidates on their phones which would silently answer the call and they would be able to tell them the answers over their bluetooth headsets.
Luckily, the Delhi Police foiled their Evil Plan and atleast a part of the gang has been arrested. More arrests are likely
Various news agencies have been reporting this since yesterday (9th January 2012)
SOME CORRECTIONS :
- Between 80,000 to 1,20,000 have written the AIPGMEE MD/MS 2012 exam, NOT just 12,000 as reported in the media.
- This exam is NOT for admission to AIIMS, it is CONDUCTED by AIIMS for admission to other colleges. AIIMS holds a separate exam every 6 months for admission to AIIMS MD/MS courses (it was on November 13th, 2011)
- There was a another cheating racket in the AIIMS MD/MS which was busted during the May 2011 session of the AIIMS exams.
Medical test racket unearthed in AIIMS, five arrested 9 Jan 2012, 1615 hrs IST, AGENCIES
Delhi Police today (January 9) claimed to have smashed a racket involving leak of post graduate medical entrance papers using bluetooth technology with the arrest of five youths, including a doctor and an MBBS student.
The gang, which charged Rs 25-35 lakh from aspirants, allegedly used a sophisticated software to email images of the question paper taken by two MBAs, posing as PG aspirants, using mobile phones and bluetooth concealed in their shirts.
The racket was smashed yesterday while the entrance test conducted by AIIMS for filling 50 per cent of PG seats in government medical colleges across the counrty was going on at 156 centres.
It all started with the arrest of a second year MBBS student in an Ujjain medical college Mohit Chaudhury (23), who, police claim, is the mastermind of the racket, from Pragati Maidan yesterday morning on a tip-off.
The other arrested were Dr Amit Puniya (23), who was appearing for the entrance test, two MBAs Kapil Kumar (27) and Krishan Pratap Singh (27) and Bhishma Singh (27), a graduate who allegedly helped the gang in using computers.
“Kumar and Singh filed applications for entrance tests posing as doctors and giving false MBBS registration numbers. They were alloted a centre in Sector 28, Noida. Both of them carried a mobile phone and a bluetooth stitched in their shirts.
“The mobiles were having a sophisticated software through which the photographs taken could be emailed. They took the photograph of the 23-page question booklet and forwarded the images to Chaudhury,” Ashok Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), told reporters. Chand said within 30 minutes of the beginning of the exam, the question paper was out.
Chaudhury allegedly downloaded the images with the help of Bhishma Singh, Chand said, adding, he was on way to meeting his associates to solve the paper when he was apprehended by the police at Pragati Maidan. “The candidates were to receive the answers through mobile phones. They had minute ear phones fixed along with bluetooth concealed in the shirt. Punia was one of the candidates and was arrested,” he said.
Chand said each candidate was to pay Rs 25-35 lakh and the payment was to be made after they had been selected. In order to ensure they received the payment, the racketeers took in possession the original certificates of the candidates. There are five-six more candidates who had taken the help of the racket.
Chand said soon after Chaudhury’s arrest, a team was sent to the exam centre where his two associates were appearing for the entrance and arrested them. From there, Punia was also arrested. Another police team went to AIIMS where the original question paper was tallied with the one Chaudhury was possessing and found it was same.
Chand said it was Chaudhury who arranged the candidates for the exam. Kumar, who did MBA from Jamia Millia Islamia, was planning to do a PhD from a reputed institute while Singh did his MBA from IMT, Meerut after doing an MA in Public Administration. He said AIIMS officials were not involved in the racket.
A video of the news report is here : http://www.timesnow.tv/videoshow/4393319.cms
More photos :
- High end mobile phones with specific software, Blue tooth device and earphones were used from the Examination Centre for leaking of paper of All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination conducted by All India Institute of Medical Science on 08/01/2012 for filling of the 50% of Post Graduate seats in the Govt. Colleges all over India.
- 5 persons including a MBBS Doctor, 2 MBAs, 1 under Graduate MBBS and 1 Graduate arrested.
- 5 High end mobile phones, 2 minute ear phones, 6 shirts having Bluetooth, 1 computer, 1 printer, 1 Maruti Alto Car and 6 medical books seized.
A team of officers of Crime Branch led by Inspr. Rajesh Kumar and consisting of SI Devendra Kumar, SI P.C. Yadav, ASI Suresh, HC Jaswinder Singh, HC Raja Ram, HC Rajbir, HC Mahabir, Ct. Sushil, Ct. Rasid and Ct. Ravi under the supervision of ACP Krishan Kumar Sharma and overall supervision of Addl. DCP/Crime Sanjay Bhatia have busted a racket that used High end technology for leaking of paper of All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination from the Examination Centre. This examination was held on 08/01/2012 and conducted by All India Institute of Medical Science for filling of the 50% of Post Graduate seats in the Govt. Colleges all over India. 5 persons including a MBBS Doctor, 2 MBAs, 1 under Graduate MBBS and 1 Graduate arrested. 5 High end mobile phones, 2 minute earphones, 6 shirts having Bluetooth device stitched inside the collars, 1 computer, 1 printer, 1 Maruti Alto Car and 6 medical books seized.
On 08/01/2012, specific information was received by HC Raja Ram and Ct. Sushil Kumar that a person who is in possession of the question booklet of All India PG Medical Entrance Examination to be held on 08/01/2012 would come in a Maruti Alto Car No. DL-3CBA-2575 to meet some of his associates at Pragati Maidan, Delhi. On this information a trap was laid and the Maruti Alto Car was intercepted. 23 pages of the Question Booklet of All India PG Medical Entrance Examination, 2012 were recovered and Mohit Choudhary (aged 23 years) s/o Ram Kumar r/o Kala Aam, Bulandsahar, UP was apprehended. On interrogation, he disclosed that this paper has been leaked by two of his associates appearing in the examination by posing themselves as Doctors at the examination centre at Sector-28, Noida, UP. The paper was leaked by them with the use of high end mobile phones having camera, specific software, Bluetooth device and earphone. The camera in the phone was used to take photographs of the question booklet. They had installed a software by which the photograph of the question booklet would automatically be sent to an email ID created by them. Then it was downloaded was the help of computer and printer. The Bluetooth and earphone was used by them to confirm that the transmitted photographs were legible. Immediately a team was dispatched at the concerned Examination Centre at Noida and two persons appearing as bogus candidates in the examination were apprehended. They were identified as i) Kapil Kumar (aged 27 years) s/o Kishan Kumar r/o Jewar, Gautambudh Nagar, UP and ii) Krishan Pratap (aged 27 years) s/o Dharam Singh r/o Jewar, Gautambudh Nagar, UP. 2 mobile phones, 2 shirts having Bluetooth devices stitched in the shirts and 1 minute earphone have been recovered. Further interrogation revealed that one of the doctor candidates appearing in the examination for getting into PG Course and being assisted by the racketeers was also in the same examination centre. He was apprehended. He was identified as Dr. Amit Punia (aged 23 years) s/o Dharam Pal r/o Bhiwani, Haryana. A shirt equipped with Bluetooth device, a minute earphone and a mobile phone was recovered. Simultaneously another team was dispatched to All India Institute of Medical Science to verify as to whether the recovered copy of the Question booklet tallied with the original Question booklet. The Controller of Examination confirmed that the Question booklet recovered was a true copy of the Question Booklet provided to the candidates.
Subsequently, a raid was conducted at Greater Noida, UP, the premises where they had installed a set up for downloading of question booklet. Bhishma Singh (aged 27 years) s/o Prem Pal Singh r/o Jewar, Gautambudh Nagar, UP was apprehended. A computer and a printer being used for downloading and printing the question paper were seized. 3 shirts having stitched in Bluetooth device and 6 medical books were also recovered. A case under the appropriate sections of the law was registered.
All the accused persons were subjected to intensive interrogation. Interrogation revealed that Mohit Choudhary is the Master Mind and is a second year student of a medical college at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Mohit Choudhary, Kapil Kumar and Krishan Pratap Singh came to know each other while they were residing at Noida, UP and preparing for various examinations. In order to earn money Mohit Choudhary roped in Kapil Kumar and Krishan Pratap Singh both MBAs for helping him in the racket. They also roped in Bhishma Singh a Computer Programmer. The entire operation of the racket was planned by Mohit Choudhary as he was aware of the loopholes and intricacies involved in the All India PG Medical Entrance Examination. Two online application forms for this examination in the name of Kapil Kumar and Krishan Pratap Singh by posing themselves as Doctor and giving false MBBS Registration Numbers were filled in. Subsequently, a high end mobile phone was provided to each alongwith a shirt with Bluetooth device stitched in them and minute earphone. The mobile phones were having software by which the photographs taken could be forwarded to a specific email ID. They took photographs of questioned booklet and forwarded the images of all the pages of the question booklet to a specific email ID. The same was downloaded and retrieved with the computer and help of a printer, at their premises. Thereafter, Mohit Choudhary brought hard copy of this paper to Delhi and he was to inform correct answers to all his candidates through mobile phone. The candidates were to receive the correct answer through the minute ear phones fixed in their ear. To the candidates they provided specific kind of shirts. These shirts were containing a Bluetooth device in the collar of the shirt. They also provided minute earphones to all such candidates. One such candidate Dr. Amit Punia has been arrested. More such candidates are being identified.
Each candidate was to pay Rs. 25 to 35 Lacs to the racketeers. The payment was to be paid after they had been selected. In order to ensure they received the payment the racketeers took in their possession the original certificates of their candidates.
This All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination, 2012 is conducted in 15 states having 156 centres. About 70,000 candidates were to appear in the examination. This examination is held for filling 50% of Post Graduate seats in the Govt. Colleges all over India.
- Kapil Kumar has done MBA from Jamia Milia Islamia University and was planning to do Ph.D from a reputed institute.
- Krishan Pratap Singh has done M.A. in Public Administration from Jamia University and MBA from IMT, Meerut.
- Mohit Choudhary is doing MBBS from Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh and is in second year. He had arranged candidates for the exam and had coordinated the whole racket.
- Dr. Amit Punia did his MBBS from PGI Rohtak and was one of the candidates taking the exam.
- Bhishma Singh is working as a Computer Programmer and was responsible for operations of the computer/printer etc.
Further investigation is in progress.
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CRIME & RAILWAYS: DELHI.
There is probably not going to be a re-exam, according to the AIIMS authorities. The cheaters will be caught and removed from the exam, but we are not sure if ALL the cheaters can be caught. Congratulations to the Delhi Police for cracking this case with brilliant efficiency. Hope they can uncover the entire operation and give justice to the 1,20,000 candidates who were affected by this cheating.