Hi-tech impersonator caught in Aligarh Muslim University’s engineering entrance exam

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LUCKNOW: Arrest of an impersonator allegedly using electronic equipments for cheating in the Aligarh Muslim University’s engineering entrance examination is not the first incident of its kind. There have been several incidents, which show how candidates apply their brain to device innovating ‘copying techniques’.

On Sunday, an impersonator, Merajuddin (19), was nabbed at AMU for using a high definition micro-camera in the wrist watch for scanning the question paper and sending images as MMS through mobile phone strapped on his thighs to Rashid at a coaching centre in city’s Kapoorthala locality. After solving the multiple choice questions, Rashid was dictating the answer on mobile phone received by the accused on blue tooth receiver.

Later, Merajuddin revealed that he had qualified AMU engineering test in 2009-10. However, in 2010-11, he cleared the All India Engineering Entrance Examination and at present was pursuing BTech from National Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu. He also admitted to have been paid Rs one lakh for impersonation.

“Candidate Merajuddin was impersonating for Zeeshan Ahmed Khan. Within 15 minutes after the exam began, the invigilator caught him, as he was behaving in a suspicious manner. He was taken to the proctor office, where he was searched. We found he was carrying a cell phone and wrist watch with camera,” AMU spokesperson, Rahat Abrar told TOI. “Interrogation revealed that Rashid was the ‘engineering mind’ behind the entire exercise,” he added. Merajuddin was later handed over to the police. Over 40,000 candidates appeared registered for the AMU engineering entrance exam held in seven cities across the country on Sunday. “Though impersonators have been caught in the past as well, but Merajuddin was a unique case,” he said.

Aligarh police is now taking help of Lucknow police to track down the mastermind in the state capital. The police suspect that there can be more such cases.

A couple of years back, two students in medical university were caught using exclusively tailored outfits with concealed wires running through the shirt to the trousers, connecting ear/microphones stitched within the folds of the cuff, to the mobile phone strapped to the thighs. There were two outlets in the cuff — one for microphone and other for earphone. The concealed wires ran through the inner lining on the shirt to the lower end, from where a pin came out which was attached to a socket stitched within the folds of the waist-line of the trousers. The concealed wire then ran through the trousers with an opening near the thighs where the mobile phone was strapped. The boys were taking dictation through mobile phone from their ‘friends’ outside the campus.

In a bid to check impersonations, authorities in the state have introduced the provision of taking thumb impression of students in the application form which is later matched at the examination centre during the test and later when students come for counselling for allotment of seat and finally when they take admission in a college. This is to ensure that the applicant who has applied is the same who took exams, appeared in the counselling and took admission. However, ‘munna bhais’ in UP have found a way to beat the check. A few years back, in UP Post Graduate Medical Entrance Test, two students were caught with microfilms on their thumbs. The same microfilm was used by their impersonators for thumb impressions on the examination day.