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Mumbai: Man arrested for using deceptive device during agriculture exam in Powai

Updated on: 26 September,2023 08:51 PM IST  |  Mumbai
Shirish Vaktania | mailbag@mid-day.com

The suspect allegedly used a deceptive device resembling a debit card, equipped with a SIM card and a battery, an official from Powai police in Mumbai said

Mumbai: Man arrested for using deceptive device during agriculture exam in Powai

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The Powai police in Mumbai apprehended a 25-year-old individual on September 25 for allegedly employing an illicit electronic device during a government Agriculture exam in Powai.


According to the police, the accused utilised a deceptive device resembling a debit card, equipped with a SIM card and a battery. Additionally, the accused employed a discreet Bluetooth earpiece measuring just half an inch in size, carefully matched to the color of his skin.


The individual at the center of this case is identified as Ramkishan Datu Bedke (25), a resident of Aurangabad. Bedke was apprehended for cheating during the written exam for the positions of Assistant Superintendent and Senior Clerk, held at the Aurum IT Park in Powai. The examination drew thousands of candidates from various states on September 25, including Bedke. The exam took place on the 3rd floor and was scheduled from 8:30 AM to 10 AM. An FIR was registered by Dipak Kute, Agricultural Superintendent, an official said.


A police officer said, "Suspicion arose when the exam supervisor, Dheeraj from the Agriculture department, noticed something unusual on Bedke's shoulder. Upon closer inspection, an electronic device was discovered, and Bedke attempted to flee the scene. Fortunately, another security guard managed to apprehend the candidate and promptly informed the police."

Further explaining the device's functionality, the police officer added, "We found an electronic device with Bluetooth capabilities, cleverly designed to resemble a debit/credit card. This device houses both a SIM card slot and a battery compartment. Such devices can automatically answer calls from any mobile phone or landline, facilitating covert two-way communication via mobile phone networks. They are also equipped with an optimised inductive coil that generates sufficient power for the earpiece, allowing for 3-4 hours of continuous talking time."

The case is under investigation as authorities work to uncover any potential connections or accomplices involved in this cheating attempt during the government Agriculture exam.

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