Arrested NEET aspirant confessed getting the paper before exam

Arrested NEET aspirant Anurag Yadav confessed to the Patna police that he received the question paper a day before the exam, on May 4, from his uncle Sikandar Prasad Yadavendu.

| Updated: 21 June, 2024 7:24 pm IST

NEW DELHI: Arrested NEET aspirant Anurag Yadav confessed to the Patna police that he received the question paper a day before the exam, on May 4, from his uncle Sikandar Prasad Yadavendu.

Anurag Yadav was preparing for NEET-UG in Kota, Rajasthan. He was called back from Kota to Samastipur, Bihar as his uncle informed him about having access to the question paper. In Bihar, he was accommodated at a hotel with three other aspirants. Two individuals introduced by his uncle, Amit Anand and Nitish Kumar, provided him with the question paper and answer key, helping him prepare overnight. Further investigation revealed that they stayed at the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) guesthouse in Patna.

The Patna Police have arrested seven people, including four candidates, concerning the NEET-UG question paper leak case. The four accused are identified as Anurag Yadav, a NEET aspirant; his uncle Sikandar Prasad Yadavendu; and Nitish Kumar and Anand, members of a gang involved in leaking question papers for prestigious exams such as NEET, BPSC, and UPSC.

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Nitish and Anand, in their confession letter, stated that Sikandar Prasad Yadavendu contacted them to provide the NEET-UG question paper for four candidates, including his nephew Anurag. They charged Yadavendu Rs 32 lakh for the question papers.

A confession letter from Awadhesh Kumar, father of another candidate Abhishek Kumar, revealed that he paid Rs 40 lakh to Yadavendu for the question paper. Similarly, Akhilesh Kumar, father of candidate Ayush Raj, also admitted to paying Rs 40 lakh to Yadavendu.

The BJP has alleged the involvement of Tejashwi Yadav in the paper leak. BJP leader Giriraj Singh also accused Tejashwi Yadav of involvement. “Corruption is in RJD’s DNA,” said Giriraj Singh.

It is alleged that Pritam Kumar, personal assistant to former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, assisted in booking the guest house for Yadavendu.

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