The Crime Branch – Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) of the Tamil Nadu police released the photographs of ten suspects in the NEET impersonation scam on Monday (February 10) and sought the help of the public to identify them.
A press release said any information about these suspects could be shared with the CB-CID, Chennai to the number 9443884395. It also said the information shared by sources will be kept confidential.
The photos of these suspects will also be pasted in public spaces like bus stops and business establishments, and will be shared on social media platforms.
These ten suspects, including two women, had illegally written the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) on behalf of other medical students and helped them get admissions in medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, the press release noted.
In December 2019, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had asked medical colleges across India to display the names and photographs of nine undergraduate medical students who had written NEET in 2019 on behalf of those wishing to study medicine.
Following a request from C Vijayakumar, Crime Branch-CID superintendent of police (south zone), the board of governors of MCI has asked deans of medical colleges to match these pictures with their students’ information and display these photographs on noticeboards.
In September, an inquiry by the Government Medical College in Theni revealed that the photos of a first-year student in the college application and the NEET-2019 scorecards were different.
A detailed investigation led to the arrest of four more students, their parents, and three agents.