Five Arrested; Charged with Attempting to Leak NEET Question Papers

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Patna: Despite the administration's continued attempt to crackdown on criminals leaking test papers of various exams in the state, the crime goes unabated in the state as authorities in Patna on Sunday arrested five men for trying to leak the question papers of National Eligibility/Entrance Test (NEET) just hours before the test was to begin.

Tools used in breaking locks and cell phones recovered from criminals' possession.Tools used in breaking locks and cell phones recovered from criminals' possession.Among the arrested persons are two students of medical colleges, another a student of law college and a Deputy Superintendent of a test Center.

At a press conference on Sunday, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said that Shubham Mandal is a student of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and Shiv Kumar is a student of Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH). The center Superintendent was identified as Avinash Chandra Dubey of Khajekalan who was to be monitoring the test at the Christ Church School near Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

Another person who was identified as Avinash Roshan is a law student of Bharti Vidyapeeth in Pune. The fifth person was identified as Sanjay Yadav, the driver of the armored vehicle carrying the test papers to the test centers, the SSP said.

Students coming out of Christ Church School in Patna after appearing in NEET exam on Sunday.Students coming out of Christ Church School in Patna after appearing in NEET exam on Sunday.The arrests were made when the four men tried to board the armored vehicle on the Bypass Road under Patrakar Nagar police station, authorities said.

Police recovered several tools used in breaking locks, burglaries besides four cell phones marked A through D indicating four sets of questions to be leaked from each phone.

"The plan was to break open the secured boxes with locks and take the pictures of the test papers so they could be transmitted through cell phones using Whatsapp to those who had paid money in advance for the leaks," police said.

Since the attempt to leak the question papers were successfully thwarted, exams were held peacefully across the state capital, Manu Maharaj said adding the kingpin of the scam had been identified and should be arrested shortly.

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