A day after being reprimanded by a local court, India enforced a crackdown apprehending over 900 people, including students and parents, from different exam centres in Bihar state for cheating in the ongoing matriculation examination.
Chief Education Minister of Bihar State Nitish Kumar admitted that reports of rampant use of unfair means in the ongoing matriculation examination had sullied the image of the state following which he passed strict orders to stop it.
"Reports of cheating in examination has drawn bad name to Bihar - I have ordered to stop cheating in ongoing matriculation examination," Nitish Kumar said.
His order for ensuring cheating-free matriculation examination had its impact today with the police apprehending 213 students and 712 parents, relatives, friends of examinees from different parts of the state, Additional Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey told PTI.
He said six policemen, four from Vaishali and two from Jamui, were arrested during the day for aiding in cheating during examination at different centres.
A total of 551 examinees have been expelled across the state for using unfair means on a single day today and penalty of 1.3 million Indian rupees (USD 21,000) imposed, the ADG said.
In Vaishali that had gained notoriety for large-scale use of unfair means and from where came the visuals of parents climbing three to four storeyed building to provide chits to their wards, stringent action was seen during the day.