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Bihar exam scandal: Mastermind Bachcha Rai arrested

Bachha Rai is the Secretary-cum Principal of Bishun Rai College in Vaishali district from where Arts and Science toppers Ruby Rai and Saurabh Shrestha belonged to respectively

The alleged mastermind of the Class 12 Board merit list scam in Bihar, Amit Kumar alias Bachcha Rai, was arrested on Saturday after he surrendered before the police at Bhagwanpur police station in Vaishali district.

Bachha Rai is the Secretary-cum Principal of Bishun Rai College in Vaishali district from where Arts and Science toppers Ruby Rai and Saurabh Shrestha belonged to respectively.

Bachha Rai, a known supporter of RJD, had been allegedly eluding from police in the case.

According to police officials, Rai, surrendered near his college in Vaishali and the police arrested him. Police will produce him in the local court by evening.

In the last 48 hours police had raided several places but failed to track Rai.

Meanwhile, former Chairman of Bihar School Examination Board Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh is still absconding, police said. Singh is a key accused in the case and has gone underground after resigning from the Board.

Earlier on Friday, five accused arrested in the case were remanded to 14 days’ judicial custody by a local court in Patna.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had recently alleged that everybody knew that Bachha Rai had worked more than Lalu Prasad to ensure victory of Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap from Raghopur and Mahua seats in Vaishali respectively. The probe has indicated that Bachha Rai was a key player in the case with the help of Bihar School Examination Board, police said.

Besides Arts and Science toppers, the third ranker in the Science stream Rahul Kumar, whose result has been cancelled by the board along with that of first topper Saurabh Shrestha after a re-test also hailed from the Bishun Rai College.

Bachha Rai’s daughter Shalini Rai is one of the named accused in the FIR lodged in the case with Kotwali police station in Patna.

(With inputs from IANS)

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