REET 2021 cheating case: Rajasthan Police nabs prime accused

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JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Police Special Operations Group (SOG) team detained two people on Sunday, including lead defendant Batti Lal of Kedarnath from Uttarakhand in connection with the REET 2021 cheating case.

According to the Rajasthan police, the detainees were tracked for the past three days.

Last month, the Rajasthan government had suspended one RAS and two RPS officers, along with 13 teachers, education department employees and three police officers who suspected their involvement in cheating at REET 2021.

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Notably, for the first time in the history of Rajasthan, such numbers of administrative officers, police officers and teachers have been suspended for illegal and suspicious activities in state work.

Previously, Rajasthan police arrested five people for allegedly selling Rs 6 lakh worth of Bluetooth-equipped ‘chappals’ to candidates appearing in the examination conducted to select teachers from government schools in the state, authorities said.

The gang of five, including a woman, was arrested and Rajasthan police broke a cheating scam that acted after detecting foul play by a candidate who appeared in an Ajmer facility on the Rajasthan Teacher Eligibility Exam ( REET) that took place on September 26.

The incident came to light when the aspirant, Ganesh Ram Dhaka (28), who had come to the Acharya Shri Dharam Sagar Digambar Jain Middle School Center in Ajmer for the REET, came across a Bluetooth-equipped chappal.

According to the police, officers deployed to the center found a wireless headset in Dhaka’s ear. When questioned, he had confessed about the mobile phone and the Bluetooth device hidden inside his shoes. Dhaka confessed that he had bought a pair of footwear from a Tuljaram Jat in Bikaner for 2.50 lakh rupees.

The Bikaner police identified the gang members: Madanlal, Trilokchand, Omprakash, Gopal Krishna and Kiran. Dhaka was arrested by Ajmer police and Tuljaram Jat is on the run.

Before the highly competitive REET, the Rajasthan government suspended internet and mobile services in the rural districts of Ajmer, Alwar, Dausa, Jhunjhunu and Jaipur from 6 am to 6 pm on September 26 in an attempt to avoid the cheating.





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