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Crackdown on cheating continue, over 300 arrested

Crackdown on cheating continue, over 300 arrested
The Bihar government on Monday continued to crackdown on cheaters and people aiding in copying at matriculation examination by arresting more than 300 across the state and realising penalty of Rs 4.16 lakh.

A total of 113 examinees have been expelled for using unfair means in the state, Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Gupteshwar Pandey told PTI.

He said 149 examinees were arrested for copying during the day. Besides, 161 parents/guardians/relatives and friends of examinees aiding in cheating were arrested from various parts of the state in anti-copying operation.

A homeguard was nabbed for abetting cheating in Aurangabad, he said. Bhojpur topped the list of examinees expelled at 28. While a maximum of 31 parents/guardians were nabbed from Saharsa, he said.

The ADG said that a sum of Rs 4.16 lakh was collected during the day by means of penalty. A maximum sum of Rs 88,000 fine was collected from Vaishali followed by Rs 86,000 in Nalanda and Rs 64,000 in Motihari.

A sum of over Rs 19 lakh have been realised by way of penalty in the last two days of examination (Saturday and today), the ADG said.

Tuesday is the last date of examination. Special cell in Bihar School Examination Board said that tomorrow examination of the optional subject would be conducted.

Reprimanded by the Patna High Court, the Bihar government came down heavily on cheating in matriculation examination since Saturday.

Over 900 people, including students and parents, were arrested on Saturday from different exam centres for cheating in the ongoing examination which had attracted national condemnation with visuals of parents climbing three to four storeyed building to provide chits to their wards going viral on social media.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar admitted that reports of rampant use of unfair means in the ongoing matriculation examination has sullied the image of the state following which he passed strict orders to stop it.

A total of 14.26 lakh students Are appearing for the exams at 1,217 centres in the state which started on March 17.

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