After Bokaro, now a fresh examination cheating racket was busted in the state capital on Thursday when education department officials nabbed six students including two girls, who were writing class 12 examination in a room instead of an examination centre.
Ranchi police arrested all six of them and forwarded them to court on Friday. Ratu Road police station in-charge Ramod Narayan Singh said, “We have arrested six students on complaints of district education officer and forwarded them to court.”
The education department officials led by the district education officer (DEO) raided a house, around 500 metres away from the examination centre — Adivasi Bal Vikas Vidyalaya (ABVV), Ratu Road — where they were writing the maths paper of class12 examination in a locked room.
The Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) board exams for matriculation (class 10) and intermediate (class 12) began on February 18. The exams will end on March 7. Nearly eight lakh students are appearing at the exams across 1385 centres in the state.
The centre superintendent Sarju Kumar Singh said, “This is a very serious issue. We are surprised how the question papers went outside the examination centre.”
However, the education department removed Singh from his job on Friday on suspicion of his involvement in the racket.
The district education officer Ratan Kumar Mahavar said, “We suspecting involvement of few teachers in the cheating case. Investigation is on.”
This is the second incident of writing exam papers from outside the examination centre.
Bokaro police had busted an exam racket with the arrest of one Pradyuman Pandey, who was carrying answer sheets from homes of two intermediate examinees for submission at the examination centre at Industrial Area High School, Balidih on Tuesday.
The middleman on Thursday revealed that the racket was going on with help of some schools teachers for money.
Police were interrogating Pandey, who hinted at involvement of some education and administrative officials. Based on Pandey’s statement, police have also lodged FIR against two students, who allegedly wrote the chemistry paper of class 12 from home on Tuesday.
“Pandey runs a private school in Balidih and he divulged that he was involved in the racket for money with help of some school teachers. He said a teacher of the school Madan Sao used to help him in the job,” said Balidih police station incharge A K Singh, adding atht Pandey was yet to reveal the money he used to charge the students.
Police, however, have not yet arrested the centre superintendent and two students. “We will go for arrest as per procedures,” Singh said, adding, interrogation of Pandey is still going on and the police expected more revelations.
Meanwhile, all teachers of the schools have been removed from the examination job after Pandey’s revelation of teachers’ involvement in the racket.
“There were 22 teachers in the school. We have removed all from examination duty and new teachers from other schools of Bokaro have been deputed for the job,” Bokaro district education officer, Mahip Kumar Singh said.
Use of unfair means has been reported since the beginning of the examinations in Jharkhand. More than 300 students have been expelled so far across the state.