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Odisha cops stumble on inter-state impersonation racket

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 15:

With the arrest of three youths impersonating candidates in a bank examination, Odisha police may just have stumbled on a well-oiled racket headquartered in Delhi that specialises in deploying present or ex students of top institutions in the country to writing examinations for less gifted but more moneyed job aspirants.

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The amounts involved are mind boggling.Harsh Vardhan (26), one of the three youths arrested yesterday for impersonating at the Centurion University under Jatni police limits on the outskirts of the city, confessed to police during interrogation that he had been paid a sum of Rs 10 lakh for the ‘job’. He had been hired by one Atul from Delhi and Chandan from Bhubaneswar, Vardhan revealed to police.

“It is a well organised racket running across the country to make instant money. One Atul from Delhi is monitoring the crime through different agents based in different States,” Jatni police station IIC Sujit Kumar Pradhan said.

Vardhan, a B Tech student of NIIT Patna in Bihar presently staying at Kalakshetra Road in Chennai, was caught impersonating Amit Kumar Sharma of Aurangabad after faking the signature of Amit in the presence of the examiner. During search, an Apple I phone along with a flight ticket in the name of Harsh Vardhan was found on him.

The other two arrested for impersonation were identified as Rahul Kumar (27), an MBA student of Mohar under Jehanabad police limits in Bihar and Rohit Kumar (20) from Konch in Gaya district of Bihar, a 4th year B Tech student of the NIT Warangal and staying in Telengana.

In the FIR lodged at the Jatni police station, the university authorities alleged that accused Rahul Kumar entered his seat and occupied his computer. Just before the examination started, he left his seat and went to the toilet. Immediately, accused Rohit entered the hall with documents claiming to be Rahul Kumar.

University officials conducting the examination immediately smelt a rat and sounded out the police, who arrested them. All three accused were forwarded to court on Tuesday.