Published On: Sat, Jun 23rd, 2018

Missing 42,000 Bihar Board answer sheets recovered from scrap dealer, two arrested

Patna: Missing 42,000 copies of answer sheets of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Class 10th exam from a scrap dealer’s shop and arrested two persons in the connection, police have revealed.

Principal of S S Balika Inter School, Pramod Kumar Srivastav is now in police custody.

The entire story came to light after a special team of police investigating the mysterious disappearance of thousands of answers sheets arrested a scrap shop owner, Pappu Kumar Gupta, on Friday. During interrogation, the scrap shop owner reportedly told the police that he had bought the answer sheets for Rs 8,500 from the school peon about a fortnight back.

“The school peon called me up on my cell phone and asked me to buy scraps. Subsequently, I picked up these answer-sheets packed in 216 bags and returned on an auto-rickshaw. I paid Rs 8,500 for buying these copies,” the arrested scrap shop owner reportedly told the police. According to him, the total weight of the purchased answer-sheets was 121 kilograms.

The police have also arrested the auto-rickshaw driver Santosh Kumar, police said.

The written answer sheets were sold barely days before the education department authorities were to announce the result of the BSEB 2018 10th class exam, raising suspicions.

The evaluated answer-sheets had gone mysteriously missing from the strong room of the S S Balika Inter School located in Gopalgnaj district.

The entire story came to light early this week when the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) authorities sought the evaluated answer-sheets of the students who figured among top 25 to review their marking before the result was announced.

The Principal of S S Balika Inter School, Pramod Kumar Srivastav and peon Chhatu Singh were aiready arrested in Patna in connection with misplacing of answer sheets and they are now in police custody.

The recovery comes shortly after the Patna High Court while hearing a case on Friday sought a detailed report from the state government within four weeks.

A bench of the High Court comprising chief justice Rajendra Menon and justice Rajiv Ranjan Prasad took cognizance of the case after a local lawyer brought he matter to their notice.

TST

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