Around 42,000 answer sheets of Bihar School Examination Board candidates of Class 10 students who attempted exams this year that was later missing were recovered from a scrap dealer's shop on Saturday. According to reports, BSEB Class 10 board answer sheets had gone missing from the strong room of a school - SS Balika Inter School in Gopalganj - where they were kept after evaluation last week. BSEB Class 10 board answer sheets had gone missing from the strong room of a school - SS Balika Inter School in Gopalganj - where they were kept after evaluation last week.
Bihar Police' Special Investigation Team (SIT) recovered those missing answer sheets from the scrap dealer's shop, the reports said. The SIT also arrested two persons in the connection. The scrap dealer bought the answer sheets as a 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. Chotu Singh had let scarp dealer Pappu Gupta into the school one night with a tempo and the answer sheet bundled out.
BSEB official's revealed that the answer sheets were missing earlier this week after the evaluation and when the inspection team was sent to cross-verify the papers of the student to check who top the class. The inspection started after some students topped the exam failed to answer basic questions about the subjects. A probe later revealed a scam they had paid money to clear the exam.
But when they opened the room in SS Girls' Senior Secondary School in Gopalganj district, about 150 km from state capital Patna, the papers were missing, reports said. According to the police, it is yet not clear if the peon had sold the papers to the scrap dealers under instructions from someone else.
Around 17.7 lakh students had appeared for the BSEB 2018 Class 10th exam. In 2017, just half of the students (50.12 percent) had managed to clear the Class 10th exam.