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NEET solvers’ gang: KGMU medico nabbed in Varanasi

VARANASI: A day after an inter-state gang of solvers was busted during NEET exam-2021 in Sarnath area on Monday, Dr Osama Shahid of KGMU, Lucknow and Abhay Kumar Mehta, were arrested by the police from Pandeypur crossing here on Tuesday.
Earlier on Sunday, police had nabbed a BDS student Juli Kumari, who was allegedly impersonating the actual candidate, and her mother in this connection.
Commissioner of police, A Satish Ganesh, said that Dr Osama, a native of Mau district, who had appeared in MBBS final year exam at KGMU Lucknow this year, used to find aspirants on behalf of Patna-based solvers’ gang.
“This gang used to take contracts to send impersonators to appear in the entrance exam. In case a candidate qualifies for the exam, the gang charges anything from Rs 30 lakhs to Rs 40 lakhs from the candidate,” he added.
The CP said that Mehta is the brother of arrested BDS-II student Juli Kumari. He had convinced Juli to appear in NEET exam in place of an aspirant from Tripura — Hena Biswas — after getting a proposal of Rs 5 lakh from the solvers’ gang’s Vikas Kumar Mahto.
“Police have recovered copies of 15 admit cards, four photos of aspirants, four receipts of couriers, two mobile phones containing chatting of gang members, details of money transaction and other items,” he added.
“Both the persons arrested on Tuesday have divulged the names of the members of their gang belonging to UP, Bihar and other states. Several teams of police have been formed to nab the other members as well as the kingpin of the gang,” he informed TOI.
On Sunday, a crime branch team had raided a NEET exam centre at St Francis Xavier School in Sona Talab area under the limits of Sarnath police station in afternoon session and caught Juli Kumari, who was appearing in the exam in the name of Hena Biswas of Tripura. The cops had also nabbed Juli’s mother Babita Devi of Patna. However, gang member Vikas Kumar Mahto of Khagaria district, who was accompanying Babita and Juli, managed to escape.
An FIR was lodged under section 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (fraudulently or dishonestly uses as genuine any document which he knows or has reason to believe to be a forged document)and 34 (criminal act is done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention) of IPC against them with Sarnath police.
During police investigation it came to light that a Patna-based person, who is known by his initials PK, is the leader of this interstate gang, while Osama used to hunt for candidates.
Though the police succeeded in nabbing Osama and other members, reaching PK is proving to be a difficult task as he rarely uses phones and prefers to communicate through courier and travels by trains only.

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