LIC exam paper:inter-state racket busted in Andhra, 5 arrested

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Hyderabad, Feb 27 (PTI) Police today busted an inter-state racket and apprehended five persons including a highschool teacher of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly leaking out thequestion paper of an all-India recruitment examination for thepost of LIC''s assistant administrative officer.

Acting on a tip-off, sleuths of Commissioner''s TaskForce (West Zone) nabbed them in the early hours after raidinga house in Gandhi Nagar here and seized question papers of theexams which were to be held, six mobile phones and Rs 6,000cash from their possession, Task Force Deputy Commissioner ofPolice V B Kamalasan Reddy said.

The accused identified as Yogeshwar Kumar Rao aliasYogiraj, a high school teacher from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh,Palvai Ashok Kumar, B Anna Rao, Perla Srinivas and GudlaSrinivas (all agents from Andhra Pradesh), were charging Rs 7lakh from each candidate for providing the leaked questionpaper, Reddy said.

Prime accused Yogiraj got the question paper from hischildhood friend Lal Bahadur, a resident of Lucknow onFebruary 23 and Bahadur got it from his relative Dindayal, anative of Noida who is working in a printing press, he said.

"Yogiraj contacted his main agent Ashok Kumar and cameto Hyderabad on February 25 and along with Ashok and his agentAnna Rao went to Vijayawada yesterday where Perla Srinivas andGudla Srinivas procured some of the prospective candidates,who were appearing this examination," Reddy said, adding thatapart from selling question papers in Hyderabad, Yogiraj alsocontacted some of his known agents in Vijayawada and givenquestion papers to them.

"This gang had also leaked out question papers ofKendriya Vishwa Vidyalaya teachers'' recruitment which was heldon February 11 and 12," he said.

The gang members used to keep original certificates ofthe candidates till money was paid. For posts like AAO in LICthey collect Rs 7 lakh from each candidate. A day ahead of theexamination they will provide question paper to them and keepthem in a secluded place.

After appearing in the examination, candidates had topay Rs 1 lakh and Rs 6 lakhs after the final selection, heexplained.

"We tallied the seized question paper of an all-Indiaexamination for the post of AAO of LIC with the originalquestion paper with the help of Shaik Suleman, Deputy GeneralManager, EDCIL (India) Ltd, Noida, who is the in-charge forconducting the exam in Hyderabad and they were found to be thesame," Reddy said.

Yogiraj got the question paper from the press where itwas printed and passed on them to his agents. The agentsestablished contact with the prospective candidates who wereappearing the examinations by going to coaching centres, theDCP said.

The arrested accused persons along with seizedmaterial were handed over to the Central Crime Station (a wingof Hyderabad Police) for further action, Reddy said.

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