A 23-year-old man, who allegedly appeared in the ongoing Madhya Pradesh police constable recruitment test here in place of a registered candidate, was nabbed, taking the number of arrests of such impersonators to 12.
The test is being held by Vyapam, also known as Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, which became infamous in the recent years for the rackets which rigged examinations for government jobs and professional courses.
Jaiveer Gadaria, hailing from Dholpur in Rajasthan, told the police during interrogation that he wrote the test in place of Ramdeen Gurjar, a candidate, on June 19, Inspector Dipak Khatri of Sukhisewania police station said.
Gadaria was caught yesterday when he tried to write the constable recruitment test again for another candidate, Satish Gadaria (20), who too belongs to Dholpur.
Police suspect that he is part of a gang which rigs the test for willing candidates by offering impersonators.
Bilkhiria Police here had yesterday arrested Virendra alias Bablu, a resident of Agra, when he tried to write the test for Jitendra Singh (30) from Morena district, said Inspector Rajesh Kumar Sinha.
A total of 12 such impersonators have been arrested so far in last four-five days, including five in Sagar district and two in Bhopal.
Sanjay Dubey, a resident of Mirjapur in Uttar Pradesh who was the leader of the gang trying to rig the test at Sagar, told police that the gang charged Rs 3.5 lakh per candidate, said the investigating officer Inspector B M Dwivedi.
Most of these impersonators hail from Uttar Pradesh.
Nine lakh candidates are appearing for the constable recruitment test, while there are some 14,000 vacancies to be filled.
Vyapam director Bhaskar Lakshakar told PTI that authorities had ramped up the security and vigilance following intelligence inputs that a gang might try to rig the test for constable’s post.
Asked if Jaiveer wrote the test on June 19 at a centre in Ratibad area of Bhopal (prior to his arrest yesterday), he said Vyapam authorities would obtain the information in this regard from police and then take a strict action.
The tests were also being videographed, he informed.