Students were seen copying and taking help from outside at several centres in Mathura during Uttar Pradesh Board Examinations for Classes X and XII, following which over 70 students and teachers have been booked.

According to officials, 57 examinees including two girls have been booked for cheating. Cases have also been registered against 14 teachers and examination centre in-charges in Valdev, Raya and Mahavan blocks of the district.

Following reports of “mass copying” at Rammadhav Inter-College on Tuesday, pictures of which went viral on the Internet, deputy district collector Rajesh Kumar visited the examination centre. He was attacked and his vehicle damaged as the locals pelted stones.

Pictures and videos showed friends and relatives of the students scaling walls and passing chits through windows at the exam centre.

A local claimed that an organised network helps the students in the examinations in return for money.

Last year, scores of students were expelled after being caught cheating during the Intermediate Examination in Vaishali in Bihar.