Rajasthan Police entrance exam cancelled over ‘hi-tech cheating’
IANS | Jaipur
In a case of a major security breach in Aadhaar authentication, Rajasthan’s special operations group (SOG) has so far identified seven centres where a gang was cloning candidates’ fingerprints to help at least 25 of them to take exams through a proxy (dummy) candidate. Devendra Jat, the mastermind of the whole operation, is a resident of Palwal in Haryana. He has been absconding since the SOG started conducting raids in the case.
The police arrested 10 people in the alleged case of cloning of fingerprints to destabilise the UIDAI’s biometric-based security system. This case reveals the fresh vulnerabilities in India’s Aadhaar project. The Uttar Pradesh police, earlier, announced that they had busted a Lucknow-based gang, which stole the fingerprints of authorised Aadhaar enrolment operators.
The decision was at a high-level meeting — chaired by Director General of Police (DGP) O.P. Galhotra — that was attended by several senior officials including Umesh Mishra, Assistant Director General (ADG) – Special Operations Group (SOG), and ADG (Headquarters) Rajiv Sharma, among others.
The entrance examination was the first leg of the process to recruit 5,290 constables in Rajasthan.
The online examination, held first time in the state for police recruitments, had commenced on March 7. But on March 12 and 14, cases of computer hacking were reported. The police also got information about an organised racket indulging in cloning of biometric identity.
According to reports, they even provided expert proxy examination solvers to answer the papers on behalf of real candidates.
An investigation was launched and 12 persons were initially rounded up. Later, as the probe progressed, more names surfaced. Till now, 27 persons have been arrested by the SOG over the hi-tech fraud.
According to Inspector General of Police (IG) Dinesh M.N., accused Atul Vatsa is a B.Tech student who adopted similar technique during a National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) in Delhi and was arrested by the police. He also has a case registered against him in Bihar.
The accused said they learnt the art of making thumb-print clone on youtube. “It taught us how to use fish oil, wax and fevicol to make this clone,” one of the accused said. They would apply fish oil on applicant’s thumb, put it on warm and soft wax and apply a film of fevicol on reverse finger print to obtain the clone after the fevicol dried.
The expert proxies used the cloned fingerprints to appear for exams. The cloned thumb-print was smartly affixed onto the thumb of the expert proxy examination writer. He could walk into the centre and sit in the examination on behalf of the applicant.
Informed sources said offline entrance examination would most likely replace the online model.