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LUCKNOW: The UP STF, which is probing the leak of UP police examination papers, has filed the first chargesheet in the case in a Lucknow court. The 900-page chargesheet names 18 arrested accused, including government doctor Shubham Mandal, who was an expert in opening question paper boxes without breaking the seal.

Other persons named in the chargesheet are the mastermind Ravi Attri and his aides Rajeev Nayan Mishra, Goldy, Vikram Pahal, Satish Dhankad, Rohit Pandey, Abhishek Shukla and Shivam Giri.

Mandal, 27, was posted at a government health centre in Katihar district of Bihar. After questioning some other accused, he was identified as a key accomplice in the leak of the documents and was arrested by the STF on March 17.

Mandal hails from Patna and is a graduate of Nalanda Medical College. Along with his friend Bittu, who completed his MBBS degree from Patna Medical College in 2021, Mandal was arrested in a NEET paper leak case back in 2017.

“Ravi Attri was introduced to Mandal through his assistant Rajeev Nayan Mishra. Mandal played an important role in opening the box containing the questionnaires kept in a warehouse in Ahmedabad. He was experienced in opening confidential boxes without breaking the seal. He was given Rs 200,000 and a Patna-Ahmedabad air ticket,” said STF investigators. On February 5, Mandal entered the warehouse and took photographs of the Code 2 questionnaires.

On February 8, a similar operation was carried out for the Code-1 paper. Mandal was again persuaded to open the boxes, STF officials said.

After the boxes were opened, the question papers were sent to gang managers in Manesar (Haryana), Baghpat (UP), Delhi and Rewa (Madhya Pradesh). Hundreds of candidates who had paid money for the papers memorized the answers at resorts in Rewa and Manesar a day before the exam.

A total of 430,000 candidates had appeared in the exam for 60,244 police constable posts across Uttar Pradesh on February 17 and 18. The government cancelled the exam on March 25 and ordered an investigation by the STF.

In the ensuing raid, 402 accused were arrested from Bihar, MP, Haryana, Gujarat and UP.

According to STF sources, a supplementary chargesheet will be filed shortly.

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