HYDERABAD: A 20-member tech-savvy gang was busted on Sunday in connection with the mass copying during a Railway Recruitment Board exam held in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
In all, 30 people, including 10 candidates who had appeared for the exam, were arrested.
In a joint operation, the Malkajgiri Police and Cyberabad Special Operations Team raided the Salarjung water pump area at Upparguda railway gate and caught a group of members who were relaying answers to several candidates.
According to Malkajgiri Deputy Commissioner of Police Rama Rajeswari R, main accused Machender is a railway employee.
He collected `5 lakh each from the candidates in return for
providing answers through electronic devices with a SIM card and bluetooth facility.
Machender formed a team with Iliyas, Varun, Giridhar, Venkatesh, Ashok and Srinivas for the purpose.
As per their plan, Machender would collect question papers from the exam centre and send answers through WhatsApp to Varun, who would pass them on to other members.
The latter would relay the answers to the candidates via electronic devices.
Over a dozen centres inTelangana and Andhra Pradesh were affected by this mass copying, the police said. “After the raid at Salarjung, three teams rushed to different schools in Hyderabad and arrested three candidates at Dilsukhnagar Public School, two at Sri Chaitanya Jr Kalasala at Chaitanyapuri and five at the Gowtham Model School in Trimulgherry,” the DCP said.
The Malkajgiri Police and Cyberabad Special Operations Team during the raid also also seized electronic devices with in-built SIM cards, two laptops, one printer, nine ear-pins like bluetooth, five SIM cards, four battery strips, 27 mobile phones, three data cards, seven data cables, three calculators and 17 motorcycles from the accused.