Bihar’s 42,000 missing Class 10 answer sheets seized from scrap dealer, were sold for 8,500

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Patna:  A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Bihar Police on Saturday solved the mystery of the 42,000 answer sheets of Class 10 students that disappeared from an evaluation centre of the Bihar School Examination Board.

The SIT recovered the missing copies of the answer sheets from a scrap dealer’s shop and arrested two persons in the connection.

A scrap dealer arrested by the police has allegedly told the authorities that he had bought the answer sheets as scrap for Rs. 8,500.

He and an associate had paid the money to a peon of the Gopalganj school where the papers had been kept for safe keeping after evaluation, the police said. The peon had let them into the school one night with a tempo and the answer sheet bundled out.

The team arrested the scrap dealer and his helper for purchasing them, police said.

Officials of Bihar’s examination board discovered that the answer papers were missing earlier this week when an inspection team was sent to cross-check the answer sheets of student who could top the examination.

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