Jaipur: The Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers (REET) was held across the state on Sunday amid tight security measures that included suspension of mobile Internet services for 12 hours in five districts to prevent cheating. Flaunting all these elaborate security arrangements, police arrested five members of a gang including a woman in Bikaner with slippers fitted with Bluetooth devices for allegedly attempting to cheat in the exam for teacher recruitment, according to reports. The initial investigation revealed that the accused had sold modified slippers for Rs 6 lakh each.
In Dausa and Jaipur rural, police arrested four and eight dummy candidates and busted a gang involved in cheating in Bikaner, Ajmer, Pratapgarh and Sikar. Seven others were arrested from different places in connection with fraud in the REET exam.
“A small battery and a SIM card were hidden under the soles of slippers. A bluetooth enabled micro-earpiece was fitted deep into candidates’ ears to help them listen to answers,” an official said.
The accused were identified as Madanlal, Om Prakash, Gopal Krishna, Kiran and Trilok Chand. SIM cards, bluetooth devices and other equipment were recovered on them.
Police also identified the mastermind as one Tulsi Ram Kaler, who owns a coaching centre in Bikaner. Police said Ram had been arrested in the past too for similar cheating cases. “Kaler is on the run and our teams are looking for him,” said Bikaner SP Preeti Chandra.
Among them, three were REET aspirants who were found wearing slippers fitted with a small calling device connected with a SIM card. A tiny Bluetooth-enabled device was fitted in the ear of the candidates which was not easily visible, she said.
Two of those arrested were gang members who provided the candidates with the slippers each costing ₹6 lakh.
“They were caught at a bus stand before the exam. During checking, the slippers and other devices were recovered. The main accused and the gang leader identified as Tulsaram Kaler is absconding while two members of his gang were arrested,” she said.
Chandra said police in other districts were alerted after the arrests were made.
Also, one person was held in the Jainarayan Vyas Colony police station area of Bikaner. Acting on the information of Bikaner police, two candidates were arrested in Pratapgarh and one each in Sikar and Ajmer.
At an exam centre in the Alwar district, candidates were angered by the delay in starting the examination in the first shift.
Superintendent of Police, Bhiwadi, Ram Moorty Joshi said the exam was delayed because the papers were not made available to the centre on time. The exam of the first shift at one centre will be conducted again, he said.
Conducted by the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, the exam was held in two shifts at 3,993 centres set up across 33 districts. As many as 16.51 lakh candidates had enrolled themselves for it. Strict steps were taken to check any attempts of cheating and mobile Internet services were suspended in many districts, including Jaipur.