Matric Odia question paper viral: Police arrests 6 more persons

Koraput/Dhenkanal: Police arrested six more persons in Koraput and Dhenkanal districts today for allegedly making Odia question paper viral on February 22. While four persons were arrested by Sunabeda Police in Bandhugaon block of Koraput district, Gondia Police arrested two persons in Dhenkanal district.

According to reports, four persons which includes one photocopy shop owner and three parents were arrested for making the Odia question paper viral at Bandhugaon High school in Koraput. The police seized one laptop, a photocopy machine and mobiles from the accused persons.

Sunabeda SDPO Niranjan Behera said, “We had registered two cases in connection with the Odia question paper viral incident at Bandhugaon High School on February 22. Today, we arrested four persons for allegedly taking snaps of the question paper and photocopying it before putting them on social media. We will forward them to court today.”

The Gondia Police in Dhenkanal arrested Sudarsan Vidyabhawan centre superintendent Santosh Sahu and invigilator Baijayanti Satpathy in connection with the same case. Police is conducting further investigation in both the cases.

Earlier on February 25, the police had registered a case against the centre superintendent and another teacher of Bandhugaon High School on basis of the complaint of District Education Officer (DEO).

It is pertinent to mention that a total of seven persons have been arrested so far for making Odia question paper viral on the first day of Matriculation exam on February 22. Question papers of Odia reportedly surfaced on social media in Nuapada district and Kamakhyanagar of Dhenkanal district.

The Boden police in Nuapada district arrested two teachers on February 24. Earlier, five teachers including two centre superintendents and three invigilators of Karangamal and Gopinath High Schools in the district were arrested in Boden following a complaint by the block education officer.

Apart from the five arrested, six teachers have been booked in connection with the incident. All these teachers have been suspended.