The Bihar Board intermediate examinations started on Tuesday amid tight security across the state to ensure free and fair test. But cheating-free examination in Bihar has been a big challenge for the BSEB particularly after toppers scam two years back.
The Physics "leak" came two days after Class XII Biology question paper went viral on WhatsApp soon after the Intermediate exam kicked off on Tuesday, despite the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB)'s tall claims of being well prepar.
Police, however, refused to confirm the "leak" for now. "We are in the process of matching the original Physics question paper with the ones found on the cellphones of the detained persons," East Champaran additional SP Pankaj Kumar Rawat said.
Motihari DM Raman Kumar said the detained persons were being interrogated. "We have constituted a team of officials to investigate the case," he added.
However, BSEB chairman Anand Kishor said report of paper leak was just a "hoax". "The examinations were conducted in a free and fair manner," he added.
On Thursday, police detained eight persons, including three examinees, at Motihari in East Champaran district following a tip-off that they were circulating Physics question paper before the beginning of the examination.
The Biology question paper was circulated from an examination centre in Nawada district.
The board accepted the question paper circulated on WhatsApp was original, but denied that the paper had leaked.
As news of the paper going viral on WhatsApp spread, the Nawada district administration and BSEB sprung into action. The viral question paper was matched with the original and found to be the same.
BSEB chairman Anand Kishor accepted the question paper had gone viral, but denied it had leaked.