As many as 42,000 missing copies of answer sheets of the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Class 10th exam were recovered by a Special Investigation Team of the Bihar Police from a scrap dealer's shop on Saturday. Two persons have been arrested in the matter.
Acting on specific information, the SIT raided the shop at Hajiyapur in Gopalganj district and recovered all copies of answer sheets that went missing last week. The team arrested the scrap dealer and his helper for purchasing them, police said.
According to the police, shopkeeper Pappu Gupta said that a peon Chotu Singh of a government-run school had sold the answer sheets for Rs 8,500 to him last week.
Following the reports in local Hindi dailies last week that 42,000 copies of answer sheets had gone missing from SS Balika Inter School in Gopalganj, an FIR was filed and school Principal was detained and interrogated by the police.
The Patna High Court has taken cognizance of reports and asked the state government to come up with an explanation within a month.
Around 17.7 lakh students have appeared for the BSEB 2018 10th class exam.
In 2017, just half of the students (50.12 per cent) had managed to clear the 10th class exam.
(With PTI inputs)