Exam cheating
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Rajasthan Police on Tuesday busted a four-member gang of impersonators involved in the SSC exam held on July 15 in Jaipur. The police suspect the inter-state involvement of the suspects in various other exams.

One of the gang members flew to Delhi from Patna and hired a luxury cab to reach Jaipur, said Umesh Mishra, the Additional Director General of Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police. The other accused reached Jaipur a day before the exam, he said.

He said SOG teams have been sent to various parts of the country on the basis of statements of the gang members that they had operated in different states for exams held by the SSC, Food Corp of India and Uttar Pradesh Police.

The four accused have been identified as Pramod Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Avnish Kumar and Chetram Meena. While the first three are from Bihar, the fourth one is from Alwar in Rajasthan. They reportedly confessed to having taken the test on behalf of genuine candidates at different centres using a fake identity.

The SOG has recovered pictures, driver's licences, Aadhaar cards and admit cards of candidates from their possession. A case has been registered against them. The gang was in regular touch with the locals with whose help they morphed the photos.

Vinay Kumar, an accused, reportedly told the police that he tried to appear for the second phase of the police constable exam in Sikar on July 15. But on seeing the strong police presence, he left the venue.

Mishra said the police had acted on a tip-off that a few "boys" were on their way from Delhi and Bihar to appear for the exam on the basis of their fake identities. The exam was to be conducted on July 14-15.