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Nawada: The number of persons involved in helping examinees cheat at the clerical grade exams of Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) on  February 5, 2017, through hi- tech electronic devices has shot up from 28 to  49.

Nawada SP Vikash Burman informed that a high level probe team comprising Nawada civil SDO, Sadar SDPO, and Pakribarma SDPO besides several police officials from the district intelligence unit and various police stations including Warisaliganj PS SHO has been constituted. Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh was charged as `fee’ from each of the 34 beneficiary examinees to avail the hi-tech help as per the payment details found from Warisaliganj exam centre, added the SP.

Police teams have been entrusted with the task to nab all 34 examinees spread across the state who were electronically helped to cheat by the team of “experts” from the exam centre located at Martin Mission School, one km from Warisaliganj PS. The kingpin of the entire scam has been identified as one Ramesh Gupta from Patna, informed police sources.

Altogether 49 persons have been identified as those involved in the racket at Warisaliganj and the process of filing FIRs against each of them is underway. Pakribama SDPO Ram Pukar Singh, under whose jurisdiction Warisaliganj police station falls, is working round-the-clock to fix the loose ends and construct foolproof evidence against those involved. The FIRs would collectively run into several hundred sheets of paper, informed SDPO Ram Pukkar Singh.

Eight persons of those 28 detained at Warisaliganj, including the sweeper, milkman, a video photographer who had come to collect the R-Day videography charges, were let off after thorough investigation confirmed their non-involvement while the rest 20 were forwarded to judicial custody.

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