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Medicos stoop to make moolah

Patna, May 17: Money matters most to some medicos of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH). They can stoop to the level of dummy writers for extra moolah.

Of the seven medicos arrested in Calcutta on Sunday on the charge of being dummy candidates for All India Pre-Medical Test examinees, four have PMCH connection. They have been identified as Harinder Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Sashikant Kumar and Arun Kumar. While the first three are final year students at PMCH, Arun is a recent passout.

Sources said the arrest of the medicos had no surprise element because several students of the state’s premier medical college were involved in a number of unscrupulous activities earlier. Last year, two PMCH medicos were nabbed for taking pre-medical test in Haryana.

After the arrest of the medicos, a joint team of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Patna police yesterday raided room number nine and 15 of Dhanwantari Old Boys’ Hostel, where the four lived. The raiding team seized several documents from the rooms.

Dr N.P. Yadav, principal, PMCH, told The Telegraph: “The college authorities were not informed about the raids beforehand. Nor were the seized papers and documents shown to us.”

Health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said strong action would be taken against the students involved in such activities. “We will do the needful to bust the gang behind this racket,” added the minister.

A senior student of the medical college said dummy candidates were arranged by racketeers through a network of coaching centres in the state capital. The impostors are paid between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh for taking the exam on behalf of others. The racketeers also manage the sitting arrangements at the examination centres and procure fake identity cards with the help of photography studios in the city.

“Several medical coaching centres in the city help the racketeers by arranging the dummy candidates. The racketeers contact the people running the coaching centres, who in turn arrange for the medicos who take the exam,” said a source. He added that the racketeers charged medical aspirants between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 6 lakh, depending on the financial background of the candidates.

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