AGARTALA: Tripura police on Saturday arrested a boy from Rajasthan for appearing in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination at Agartala Women’s College as a ‘proxy candidate’.
Police said the detainee was identified as Rahul Sharma from a village of Ajmer. He was carrying the admit card of one Syed Faruque Ahamed from Baruipur New Town in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district.
The invigilators found a mismatch between Sharma’s appearance and the photograph on the attendance register. The signature in the original application, too, did not match that of Sharma’s. On suspecting foul play, the candidate was handed over to the observer who informed the East Agartala police station.
The West Bengal Joint Entrance Board has been conducting the test for medical and engineering aspirants of Tripura for the last few years. Non-residents of Tripura can also appear for the exam.
“As many as 374 students enrolled themselves on Saturday to write the Biology paper for medical and pharmacy courses in different colleges of West Bengal. Faruque was one of them,” said the centre in charge, Gita Debnath.
However, initial investigations revealed Rahul was associated with a coaching centre and had been hired by Faruque to write the exam as a proxy candidate.
Meanwhile, after about 10 months, Tripura police arrested senior doctor Shantanu Tathagata Paul from Kolkata in a bid to clamp down on fraudulent admission to medical colleges. Paul was accused of fleecing money from a senior Agartala gynecologist, Dilip Bhowmik, and government employee, Ramakrishna Banik of Udaipur.
Paul was brought on a transit remand granted by a Kolkata court on Friday. A local court of Agartala remanded him to three days’ police custody on Saturday.