The prime accused in connection with the Rs 9 crore Bihar intermediate examination scam were arrested from Jinjira Bazar in South 24-Parganas on Tuesday morning. Acting on a tip off, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and members of the Special Task Force of the Bihar Police had conducted a joint raid and arrested Vikash Kumar, who was a storekeeper in the school examination board in Bihar.
Many other associates of Vikash were earlier arrested in connection with the scam that took place in June. But the prime accused had managed to give a miss to the police quite a number of times and had started staying in a flat at Phoolbagan.
He had bought the apartment and had been staying there as a businessman. He will be taken to Bihar in transit remand. Police came to know that besides cheating several persons, he had collected a huge amount of money to provide them “leaked” question paper of the examination. He and his associates had collected Rs 3 crore from the market just by selling out question papers. After getting the question paper, a student had become topper in the examination. The police had identified the topper and was arrested subsequently. The examination was also cancelled and fresh tests were held.
It may be mentioned that Vikash and his associates had cheated a huge amount of money of the press that had printed the question paper after getting the printing order through proper tendering. They had stolen 28 trucks containing question papers.