Mumbai: Local police on Saturday arrested two youths for stealing answer sheets of Secondary School Certificate (SSC Class 10) examination from a school in suburban Dahisar and also recovered from them 330 of the 519 stolen answer sheets.
The accused, Vikram Sharma (19) and his accomplice Akib Sheikh (18), a college student, planned to sell the answer sheets to a `raddi' (scrap-paper) dealer, the police said, according to PTI.
They were arrested today morning following a tip-off. During the interrogation both confessed to the crime, said DCP Kirankumar Chavan.
The answer sheets of history, science and Sanskrit were stolen from the principal's cabin at Istra Vidyalaya in Dahisar on April 3, said senior police inspector Subhash Sawant.
The answer-sheets were given to Isra Vidyalaya by the Maharashtra State Board for evaluation, after the SSC exams concluded on April 1.
“The incident occured on April 3 around 01:00 pm when most of the teachers had gone for lunch. The man came to my cabin to collect old papers. I stepped away for 10-15 minutes and he ran away with the answer papers,” the principal Narendra Pathak said.
Following the incident, Mumbai Divisional Board had assured that the affected students would be marked for the lost papers on the basis of their overall performance, if they were not found before the SSC results.
“We will calculate the student’s average marks from other subjects and put that as the score for the missing paper,” said Duttatray Jagtap, Chairperson of the Mumbai Divisional Board.