NEET-UG 2024: Arrests and Allegations of Paper Leak Stir National Protests

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NEET-UG 2024: Arrests and Allegations of Paper Leak Stir National Protests

The controversy surrounding the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical courses has intensified with new developments emerging from Bihar. Four men, including an exam aspirant and his uncle, have confessed to obtaining the question paper the night before the test.

Details of the Arrests

The individuals arrested include Anurag Yadav, an aspirant from the coaching hub of Kota, his uncle Sikandar, a junior engineer at Danapur Municipal Council, and two others, Nitish Kumar and Amit Anand. They were apprehended after admitting to memorizing the leaked questions prior to the exam.

Anurag Yadav revealed that his uncle called him back from Kota with the plan to exploit the leaked paper. “I memorized the questions the night before the exam, and they were identical to those in the test. I was caught by the police afterward and confessed,” Anurag stated.

Sikandar disclosed that Nitish Kumar and Amit Anand assured him they could leak any competitive exam paper for a fee of ₹30–32 lakh per aspirant. Out of greed, Sikandar negotiated a higher rate of ₹40 lakh per student, claiming he needed assistance for four boys. The group was caught the next day during a vehicle check with the admit cards of the students.

Widespread Protests and Political Reactions

Nearly 24 lakh students sat for the NEET-UG 2024 on May 5. However, the exam results, released earlier than expected, were clouded by allegations of a paper leak and the awarding of grace marks to over 1,500 students. Student protests erupted nationwide, demanding justice and fairness in the examination process.

The situation escalated politically, with opposition parties accusing the government of corruption and mismanagement. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticized the ruling BJP, alleging that states governed by the party were at the center of such irregularities.

Government’s Response and Legal Proceedings

Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan dismissed the allegations, insisting there was no evidence of any malpractice. He accused the opposition of spreading misinformation to discredit the government.

The Supreme Court, addressing a series of petitions regarding the NEET irregularities, criticized the National Testing Agency (NTA) for its handling of the situation. The court emphasized the necessity of fair treatment for all candidates, underscoring the importance of integrity in the examination process.

As investigations continue, the education community and stakeholders await further developments to ensure the sanctity of national competitive exams and the future of millions of aspiring medical students.

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