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11 members of police exam cheating gang arrested in Jodhpur

The arrests were made by a joint team of Jodhpur IG range and rural police. Those arrested include Bhikharam, Arun Panwar and Suresh Bishnoi.

July 12, 2018, 11:33 am

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Jaipur: Jodhpur police on Wednesday arrested 11 members of a cheating gang that was allegedly taking money from candidates for helping them to cheat in the Rajasthan police exam – 2018. It is a major bust by the police as one of the accused is Bhikharam Bishnoi who is the brother of wanted criminal Jagdish Bishnoi. Bhikharam runs a coaching center. The arrests were made by a joint team of Jodhpur IG range and rural police. Those arrested include Bhikharam, Arun Panwar and Suresh Bishnoi. “These men were conning candidates. They would promise candidate that they would help them to cheat in the Rajasthan police constable exam. It has come up during preliminary investigation that candidates paid them Rs 5-7 lakh from each candidate depending on the method of cheating that they would promise,” said a senior police officer of Jodhpur range. Rajasthan police had recently announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on Jagdish Bishnoi who is wanted in several cases of cheating and paper leaks. The police were keeping a tab on his gang members. It came up that Jagdish’s brother Bheekharam Jandi runs a coaching institute by the name of Anupam Classes at Jalori Gate in Jodhpur. His mobile phone was put under surveillance. “It came up that the gang was involved in helping students to cheat with various methods including impersonation through photo editing and mixing,” said the officer. The officer added that the accused men used code words to speak to each-other. One code word that came up frequently when cops were listening to conversation among suspects was ‘On Sheet’. “Actually Bhikharam had prepared a team of imposters who could appear in exams in place of real candidates. When a real candidate paid the gang for this service, they would replace the photo of the real candidate with an imposter with photo editing and mixing on the admit card. The imposter would appear in the exam,” said the officer. For photo morphing, Bheekharam was in touch with one Ramesh Prajapat who runs New IG Studio in Jodhpur. “Bhikharam had prepared a team of nearly 50 people. Among them, nearly 20 were subject experts. These people were imposters who would appear in the exam in place of the real candidates. Many of these imposters were students at Bhikharam’s coaching institute Anupam Classes,” said the officer.

First published: July 12, 2018
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