SAHIWAL: A candidate for intermediate exams was caught using a mobile phone and a speaker implanted in his ear through a surgery at an examination centre in Pakpattan on Friday.

Hafiz Shafiq, chairman of the Sahiwal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), with invigilators was inspecting the centre at the Government Higher Secondary School.

As candidates were taking the chemistry paper, while passing by a candidate, he heard mobile phone beep. The candidate in question, identified as Muhammad Farooq, had wound bandages around his neck. The chairman asked the invigilators to frisk the candidate. As bandages were removed, it emerged Farooq had got implanted headphone in his ear and headphone wires in his neck. He had hidden a small mobile phone under his armpit. When interrogated, he said a local dispenser had done the surgical work by making few cuts around the neck and ear and implanted the wires and headphone.

Dr Fida, BISE controller, told Dawn the candidate was handed over to the Pakpattan city police. The police also arrested the dispenser and the man on the other end of the phone, who was outside the examination hall.

Farooq was appearing in supplementary intermediate examination of 2019.

Published in Dawn, October 19th, 2019