Those people used “middlemen” to sit their exams for them. “Our officials discovered that other persons appeared in the written tests in place of the arrested candidates. This was done by transposing or morphing photographs used in the examination applications, forging signatures, using fake certificates and other papers,” said Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) P K Thakur. Some candidates had admitted paying nearly 150,000 rupees ($2,395) to so-called middlemen to enable them to clear the exam. This is the largest ever round of arrests made for impersonation. All the arrested impersonators were taken to court and sent to jail. Investigation has already been started to find out more about the gangs involved.
A such incident is not unique in India but rarely on such a scale. Previously, this month, cheating in Bihar’s secondary school exams was proved by publishing pictures took at the scene and more than 300 people, many of them parents, were arrested. More time ago, in 2013, around 1,600 students were disqualified in Bihar after similar cheating videos emerged.