Earlier this month, hundreds of students took to the streets of New Delhi to protest against the alleged leak of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exam papers. The angry protestors were demanding a CBI inquiry into the exam paper leak of the SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Tier II examination that was held from February 17, 2018, to February 21, 2018.
While SSC did initiate a preliminary CBI inquiry into the matter on February 27, 2018, nearly two weeks after the SSC aspirants first launched the protest, now another cheating scandal plaguing SSC has been busted by the police.
According to reports, a joint team of the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force and Delhi Police have busted a gang of SSC examination solvers in New Delhi’s Timarpur area who helped the SSC candidates cheat in the exam using special software tools.
The police have seized three laptops, ten mobile phones, several pen drives and hard disks a sum of Rs 51,83,700 in cash from the gang members.
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Who are the gang members?
The four men have been identified as– Gaurav Nayyar, who has a Bachelors in computer applications and data recovery and had internal links with sources at SSC; Ajay Kumar, who has a Bachelors in computers from a college in Bahadurgarh; Sonu Singh, a Delhi University graduate who used to maintain finances for the gang; and Paramjeet Singh, who has a Masters degree in Hindi and used to coordinate with the people who would solve the question, reported The Times of India.
Reports further suggest that the alleged mastermind of the gang– Harpal Singh, who works as a clerk with the Delhi sales tax department, and the other gang member– Deepak Kumar, who was an employee of a private technology solutions provider, are on a run.
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How did they operate?
The gang was operating at more than examination centers mainly in Delhi. They would help the candidates cheat using the Team Viewer software charging a sum ranging from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh from the candidates, The Indian Express reported.
The gang would remotely gain access to the computers of the candidates who paid the money. They would then solve all the questions using the Team Viewer software. However, if the software couldn’t be used, they would take control of the computer by fixing the LAN connections with that of another computer in the exam center answering the questions, The Express added.
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How many candidates have benefitted from this gang?
The police believe that the total number of candidates who have cheated in the exam may shoot up to ‘several hundred’ though the actual number is yet to be ascertained.
The police said that the gang began its operations in 2011 when the online exam format just began.