Amidst the reports coming from across all examination centres, an alarming news popped out from Ramnagar, Uttarakhand that the NEET-2 paper had been leaked.
As per the latest updates, 3 persons from Ramnagar and 2 from Haldwani have been arrested by the police on the charges of alleged involvement in the leakage of question paper.
Sweety Aggarwal, senior superintendent of police, Nainital, stated that the management had modified the question paper at the last moment after being intimated of the leak by Nainital police on Saturday night.
The NEET Phase 2 exam had been conducted amidst tight security at examination centres across the country on July 24. Nearly 4,500 candidates appeared for the exam at seven centres across Haldwani.
About 40 students disclosed that they had paid an amount ranging from Rs 10 to 50 lakhs to buy the leaked question paper.
The culprits were identified as Sanjay Kumar Prabhat of Sheikhpura, Ajay Sinha of Rohtas and Nishat Ahmed of Delhi. On questioning, the trio disclosed the names of the other two culprits. Other culprits, Dinesh Prasad of Patna and Vikas Kumar of Chhapra were arrested from Sindhi Chauraha in Haldwani.
Reports state that the culprits had been in contact with the students from Delhi, Patna, Ranchi, Lucknow among other major cities.
Circle officer, Ramnagar, Swatantra Kumar stated that they had been intimated of the leak by the informers who had claimed that an interstate gang was operating in the region and was offering the NEET-2 question paper to the candidates.
Infomers revealed that the gang members had received the amount in advance.
Police tracked down a group of candidates from Bihar who were staying at a resort at Ramnagar with their parents. Reportedly, the candidates were to receive the papers on Saturday night, before they were driven to Haldwani where their examination centres were situated.
Undercover officers infiltrated the resort and the culprits were caught red-handed while disseminating the question paper.
The students from Bihar stated that they had selected Haldwani as their examination centre since the region was suffering a natural calamity and they had thought that would be easily able to get away with the scam since the authorities had been busy.