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High-tech scam in HP police recruitment exam; 6 arrested

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh police today claimed to have unearthed a high-tech scam in the recent recruitment of police constables after the arrest of six persons in Nahan, including a government official and the topper of the examination.

Two aspirants of the recruitment examination, Gurdeep Singh and Sushil Sharma, and senior assistant in Education Department Ramandeep Singh, believed to be the mastermind of the scam, were among those arrested yesterday, police said.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Sushil and Gurdeep allegedly paid Rs 25,000 and Rs 3 lakh respectively to Ramandeep to secure high marks in the examination which was held on May 29, they said.

The probe was initiated after receiving an anonymous complaint about some candidates securing “exceptionally high marks” in the written test. On perusal of documents it was found that Gurdeep and Sushil secured high marks and, in fact, the former was a topper, police said.

Ramandeep, with the help of a local shopkeeper, allegedly bought high-tech cameras and other gadgets from Delhi which were provided to both the candidates to scan the question paper and transmit it to a highly-educated professional, Inspector General of Police, Zahoor H Zaidi said.

The professional, allegedly hired by Ramandeep, solved the questions and conveyed it to the candidates who filled the answer sheets, the IG said.

Kamal Kant, who allegedly solved the questions in favour of the original aspirants, his accomplice and the shopkeeper have also been arrested. It is suspected that the racket may have deeper roots and investigation is on, police said.

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