Eight Mum­bai var­sity em­ploy­ees ar­rested for an­swer- pa­per scam

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Dhanan­jay Kha­tri

Mum­bai: Blow­ing the lid of what seems to be a huge en­gi­neer­ing exam an­swer- sheet scam, the Mum­bai po­lice on Satur­day claimed that they had ar­rested eight staff mem­bers of the Mum­bai Uni­ver­sity.

The po­lice said that the sus­pects have been run­ning the racket for the past few years and the modus operandi in­volved pro­vid­ing stu­dents their own an­swer­sheets af­ter the exam was over for a huge sum of money.

The stu­dents would then write the an­swers at home and would re­turn it to the sus­pects, who would then put them back in the stack of an­swer- sheets in the uni­ver­sity.

Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice ( DCP) ( Zone VI) San­gram­s­ingh Nis­han­dar said, “The Bhandup po­lice had got a tip- off that an en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent who is in his final year had re­ceived his an­swer­sheets by brib­ing pe­ons and of­fi­cials of the uni­ver­sity. Af­ter ques­tion­ing the stu­dent, the po­lice dis­cov­ered a 30- page an­swer- sheet, which had the name of Mum­bai Uni­ver­sity on the front page along with the se­rial num­ber, ques­tion pa­per code num­ber and the can­di­date’s seat num­ber. The an­swer pa­per also had the date of ex­am­i­na­tion men­tioned as May 11, 2016, with a stamp and sig­na­ture done by the su­per­vi­sor.”

Speak­ing to dna, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Bhandup po­lice, Shri­pad Kale said: “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the ac­cused were sup­ply­ing the an­swer papers to stu­dents af­ter the se­mes­ter ex­am­i­na­tions. They would give the papers to the stu­dents and asked their friends to make more money.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Bhandup po­lice, those who have been ar­rested in­clude four clerks, three pe­ons and a cus­to­dian of an­swer- sheets.

Af­ter ar­rest­ing the ac­cused, the po­lice have seized 92 an­swer­sheets, which were about to be sup­plied to stu­dents . The seized papers be­long to the en­gi­neer­ing fac­ulty, whose se­mes­ter ex­am­i­na­tion was con­ducted re­cently.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the sus­pects were charg­ing any­where between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per an­swer- sheet from stu­dents. Af­ter pay­ing the money, the stu­dents would com­plete, ma­nip­u­late, can­cel their an­swers writ­ten pre­vi­ously, and, at some in­stances, the an­swer- sheets were taken home by the stu­dents.

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