Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: The Kharghar po­lice have booked three peo­ple for al­legedly cheat­ing an Airoli res­i­dent of Rs26.55 lakh by promis­ing a seat in a med­i­cal col­lege for his son.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the com­plainant Shivaji More, 46, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 19, met the ac­cused early last year. Af­ter learn­ing about his son’s am­bi­tion of be­com­ing a physi­cian they told him that they could get a seat for his son un­der the man­age­ment quota in a med­i­cal col­lege in Mum­bai. They asked for Rs26.55 lakh in re­turn.

“An un­sus­pect­ing More took them for gen­uine peo­ple and gave them the money in sev­eral in­stal­ments be­tween Septem­ber and March this year. How­ever, af­ter get­ting the money in their bank ac­counts, all three sus­pects went into hid­ing. Even af­ter re­peated at­tempts, when the com­plainant could not con­tact them, he ap­proached us and reg­is­tered a com­plaint,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Kharghar po­lice sta­tion.

The po­lice have reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tion 420, 120b and 34 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC). They have not been able to make any ar­rest so far.

“We are fol­low­ing cer­tain leads and hope to ar­rest the sus­pects soon. We have also sent our of­fi­cials to a few places search­ing for them,” he said.

“Af­ter Class 12, stu­dents sit for en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions to gain an en­try into med­i­cal and engi­neer­ing col­leges. Stu­dents who fail to make to the merit list, des­per­ately look for ways to get into a good in­sti­tu­tion. Touts take un­due ad­van­tage of such a sit­u­a­tion,” said a col­lege prin­ci­pal, re­quest­ing anonymity.

The touts of­fer to help th­ese stu­dents se­cure a seat in a premier engi­neer­ing or med­i­cal col­lege in re­turn for huge money, rang­ing from Rs20 to Rs 60 lakh.

“Touts visit col­leges at this time in the hope of find­ing stu­dents who do not fea­ture in the merit list. Stu­dents should re­mem­ber that only their ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant, not the schools or col­leges they study. We ad­vise stu­dents to not fall prey to such touts and se­cure seat through merit,” she added.

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