Po­lice con­duct­ing raids in Delhi, Ggm to nab ac­cused

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab & Haryana - Jatin­der Kaur Tur jatin­der.tur@htlive.com

The Haryana Po­lice are raid­ing the res­i­dences and of­fi­cial com­plexes of the five ac­cused, who are yet to be ar­rested, in Delhi and Gur­gaon. JAGBIR SINGH, Ro­htak city SHO

CHANDI­GARH: The Haryana Po­lice are con­duct­ing raids in Delhi and Gur­gaon to nab the ac­cused be­hind the hack­ing of the In­dian Air Force’s on­line Sched­uled Test for Air­men Re­cruit­ment (STAR) held at the Ro­htak cen­tre on Septem­ber 13 evening.

The IAF is con­duct­ing the test for in­duc­tion in the Air­men cadre from Septem­ber 13 to 16 across the coun­try.

Ro­htak city SHO Jagbir Singh told HT that two of the seven ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as Hardik and Som­bir, have so far been ar­rested. “We are quizzing them to un­earth the en­tire racket,” he said, adding that th­ese two were sit­ting in the room ad­join­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion hall, with a re­mote con­nec­tiv­ity to the com­puter net­work in the hall.

The SHO said the Haryana Po­lice are raid­ing the res­i­dences and of­fi­cial com­plexes of the five ac­cused, who are on the run, in Gur­gaon and Delhi.

“Among those on the run are Aditya, who runs a com­puter cen­tre in Gur­gaon; JS Dahiya, a former prin­ci­pal of the ITI, Jha­j­jar; Sanjay Ah­lawat, an aide of Dahiya, who runs a coach­ing cen­tre; Jatin­der Si­wach and Sahil, he said, adding that they charged Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh per can­di­date.

The SHO said a to­tal of 350 can­di­dates — 175 each in the morn­ing and evening shift — ap­peared for the test in Ro­htak. It was in the evening test that the hack­ers were spot­ted by a vig­i­lance team.

The hack­ers were al­legedly giv­ing an­swers to the can­di­dates with the help of var­i­ous ex­perts.

The IAF later got an FIR reg­is­tered with the Ro­htak city po­lice sta­tion.

FATE OF 5 LAKH CAN­DI­DATES HANGS IN BAL­ANCE

Mean­while, the fate of nearly 5 lakh can­di­dates hangs in bal­ance as the test may be can­celled if the hack­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries are found to be na­tion­wide.

A se­nior IAF of­fi­cial from Delhi, who did not want to be named, told Hin­dus­tan Times that a call will be taken de­pend­ing on whether the hack­ing af­fected the test at the lo­cal level or across the coun­try, which will be known af­ter the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“We had en­trusted Cen­tre for De­vel­op­ment of Ad­vanced Com­put­ing (C-DAC) with con­duct­ing the on­line exam at 524 cen­tres across 97 cities in In­dia from Septem­ber 13 16, in which nearly five lakh can­di­dates are ap­pear­ing. We can’t jeop­ar­dise their ca­reer if this act of hack­ing is re­stricted to just one cen­tre”, said the IAF of­fi­cial.

He added that the C-DAC, an au­ton­o­mous body of the de­part­ment of elec­tron­ics and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy un­der the Min­istry of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, had fur­ther em­ployed another pri­vate agency to con­duct the ex­am­i­na­tion.

CAN­DI­DATES SIT­TING IDLE LED TO SUS­PI­CION

The IAF of­fi­cial said the vig­i­lance staff got sus­pi­cious when a “dumb cheater” sit­ting idle ahead of a com­puter screen was log­ging the an­swers. “This led to the un­earthing of the hack­ing racket by the ac­cused.”

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