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Doctor impersonates dead girl for degree.

Hyderabad: In a bizarre episode of impersonation, police in Andhra Pradesh have arrested a young medico who completed her medical education posing as another girl, who was no more alive. Alekhya Reddy was arrested in Tirupati when it was found that she was not Mumtaz Begum in whose name she got the admission in a medical college and completed her MBBS course.

The fraud came to light when the authorities of Ruia Hospital in Tirupati that while records showed her name as Mumtaz Begum, she was signing as Alekhya. Curiously, the girl came in to sharp focus of hospital authorities when they suspected her of stealing large quantities of medicine.

The investigations revealed that Alekhya managed to get admission in Sri Venkateshwara Medical College of Tirupati in 2006 in the name of Mumtaz Begum, a girl who secured good ranks in entrance examination but died soon after.

The investigations have also exposed the sordid role of the government officials who issued certificates of Mumtaz Begum to Alekhya Reddy who paid a bribe of Rs1.4 millionfor the purpose.

Interestingly Alekhya managed to complete her five year long medical course with out raising an iota of doubt in the minds of college authorities and her teachers that she was impersonating a dead girl.

Meanwhile in another incident exposing the rot in higher education in Andhra Pradesh, police arrested ten engineering students of different colleges affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University in Hyderabad on the charges of fraud in examinations.

The students and two brokers were caught red handed by the Task Force of Hyderabad police when they were re-writing the answer sheets after stealing the bundles of examination papers from the custody of the JNTU authorities.

The group of students was busy re-writing the sheets in a room in Champapet area of Hyderabad. Significantly the kingpin of this entire episode was one Balu Mahendar, driver of Mail Motor Services of India Post. Police said that he along with librarian of an engineering college played main role in stealing the papers and committing the fraud. Some of the students caught in the act were notorious for failing examinations and some of them had 11 years backlog. One of them has been identified as Jai Ram. The group had appeared in a supplementary examination but decided to steal the papers and re-write them as they feared that they will fail again, said R Jayalakshmi, deputy commissioner of police, East Zone, Hyderabad.

However JNTU authorities were suspecting that rot could be much wider and many more students could be involved in the fraud.

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Date:Dec 15, 2012
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