Calcutta, July 21: Two city doctors and a final-year MBBS student have been arrested for running a racket in which “scholars” with touched-up admit cards would substitute for aspiring candidates at medical entrance tests.
A father-son duo, who agreed to pay Rs 5.83 lakh, and a Steel Authority of India employee also fell into the net as police widened their probe beyond the city.
This is the first time such a racket involving doctors has come to light in Bengal.
Police sources said they didn’t know how many had got admission through this route but asserted that the dummy candidates would be picked from a “bank of scholars”.
“The scholars — brilliant students — would be selected from across the country, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,” said an officer involved with the probe, while dummies from Bengal would be “used” for tests outside the state.
Detective department chief Ajoy Kumar said the two doctors — Mihir Kumar Jha and Ayan Mukhopadhyay — and Ranvijay Pathak, the MBBS student, would target candidates trying to get admission through the management quota. “The price would vary between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 7 lakh.”
The police said a candidate would be asked to paste a slightly hazy photograph on the admit card, which would be sent to Patna to be touched up on computers to resemble the “scholar”. He would then be flown in, put up in a hotel, and handed the admit card and a detailed CV of the person he is substituting for so that he doesn’t fumble if challenged.