Police arrested over 300 persons for aiding and abetting cheating in matriculation exams from various parts of Bihar on Saturday, a day after chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed his deep agony over such incidents and ordered the respective districts administrations to crack down.
Over half of those arrested were from Vaishali, particularly Mahnar, where a farce has been played out ever since Bihar School Examination Board examinations began on March 17.
Kumar had, while expressing his anger, said, that such rampant resort to cheating had belittled the image of Bihar and the state would severely crackdown on such incidents.
"I have ordered the administration to stop cheating in the ongoing matriculation examination," he told media, even as the Patna high court and the Bihar Human Rights Commission vent their frustration and directed the state to take action.
Kumar's order to ensure cheating-free matriculation examination had its impact on Saturday, with the police arresting hundreds of persons from outside examination centres.
Additional director general of police (headquarters), Gupteshwar Pandey said 150 persons, including parents and relatives, have been arrested from different exam centres in Vaishali alone.
The rest of the arrests have been made from Araria (45), Madhubani and elsewhere, the ADG said.
Additional Bihar Military Police personnel have been deployed in Vaishali and Nawada for conduct of fair examination, said Pandey, who is in touch with SPs of all the districts.
Vaishali has gained notoriety in the last couple of days for mass scale use of unfair means in matriculation examination.
Visuals of parents climbing three to four storeyed buildings to provide chits to their wards were from this district.
Examination was cancelled in two centres in Mahnar in Vaishali district and in two other centres in Saharsa and Nawada districts on Friday following visuals of mass-scale cheating there went viral.