Patna (PTI): Nearly 300 persons were arrested so far in the anti-cheating operations across the state, even as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has admitted that reports of rampant use of unfair means in the ongoing matriculation examination has sullied the image of the state.
"Pariksha me kadachar ke karan jaghasiyi hui hai... hamne kadachar rokne ke liye karwai ke aadesh diye hai (reports of cheating in examination has drawn bad name to Bihar...I have ordered to stop cheating in ongoing matriculation examination)," Nitish Kumar told reporters. His order for ensuring cheating-free matriculation examination had its impact today with the police arresting nearly 300 persons from outside examination centres so far.
Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Gupteshwar Pandey told PTI that 150 persons, including parents and relatives, have been arrested from different exam centres in Vaishali alone. Vaishali had gained notoriety for mass scale use of unfair means in matriculation examination.
Visuals of parents climbing three to four storeyed building to provide chits to their wards were from this district. Examination was cancelled in two centres in Mahnar in Vaishali district yesterday and in two other centres at Saharsa and Nawada.
The rest of the arrests have been made from Araria (45), Madhubani and elsewhere, the ADG said. Additional BMP (Bihar Military Police) personnel have been deployed in Vaishali and Nawada for conduct of fair examination, Pandey, who is in touch with SPs of all the districts himself, said.