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UP Board exams: 1,000 duplicate answer sheets seized from printing press in Jaunpur

The press was illegally printing blank answer sheets that had the logo and format of the Uttar Pradesh Board. The press has been sealed and its owner, Rampalat Maurya, has been arrested.

lucknow Updated: Feb 03, 2018 10:40 IST
HT Correspondent
The duplicate answer sheets could have been used for the high school and intermediate examinations that are scheduled to begin from February 6.
The duplicate answer sheets could have been used for the high school and intermediate examinations that are scheduled to begin from February 6.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Police recovered 1,000 duplicate answer sheets for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Board examination from a printing press in Jogiapur area of Jaunpur, around 60 km from Varanasi.

The press was illegally printing blank answer sheets that had the logo and format of UP Board. The Board’s high school and intermediate examinations are scheduled to begin from February 6.

On receiving information, crime branch inspector, Vishwanath Tiwari raided the press with a team and seized 1,000 papers, a police officer said.

The press has been sealed and its owner, Rampalat Maurya has been arrested, police said.

During interrogation, Maurya said he had received an order for printing 4,000 duplicate answer sheets for Maa Sharda Inter College, Badalpur, for Rs 20,000, said Mithilesh Mishra, Line Bazar station officer.

Further investigation was on to identify the person who placed the order and to find how the sheets were to be used during the examination, he said.

City magistrate Indrabhushan Verma, district inspector of schools Umesh Shukla and acting basic shiksha adhikari Chandrashekhar Yadav were at the spot during the raid.

A case has been registered against the printing press owner under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 467 (possessing counterfeit material), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Copyright Act.