The mystery of missing Bihar Board Class 10 exam answer sheets from Gopalganj's SS Inter College has been resolved by the police. The 42,500 answer sheets, which were reported missing a day before the board was expected to announce the result, were sold to a vendor for Rs 8,500.
The Gopalganj police have arrested scrap vendor Pappu Kumar Gupta and auto driver Sanjay Kumar who transported the copies in his auto and have launched an investigation in the matter.
"They regularly buy books and other scrap from the college (SS Inter College from where answer sheets went missing). It is fine if they bought it with the same purpose, but we are investigating if they had any other intention," Rashid Zaman, SP, Gopalganj told ANI.
The arrested scrap dealer told police that he bought all the “missing” answer sheets from an office attendant of the school, who has already been arrested. he further informed the police that it may be difficult to recover the answer sheets since he had earlier sold the whole lot to a wholesale scrap dealer.
The police had earlier found 200 empty bags from the school backyard. The BSEB has said that the missing answer sheets will have no bearing on the Class X Board results, due to be announced on June 26, since it received the marks details soon after evaluation. But the Board has conceded that it would face problems if candidates whose answer sheets are missing seek scrutiny of papers.
The BSEB has earlier faced scandals on toppers and affiliation, and is under scanner for not putting in place a system of centralised strong rooms for keeping answer sheets after evaluation.