20 youths promised admission, cheated of `5L
More than 20 youngsters were cheated of Rs5 lakh after being promised admission for distant education in Naupada.
The accused is yet to be arrested. In May, some of the youths got a call from a company named Ideal Educare for distant education located at B-Cabin in Thane’s Naupada.
The firm lured the youths over low fees as compared to other institutes. It told the youth that they had tie-ups with Udaipur University and Kerala University.
Twenty youths paid around Rs5 lakh. Saurabh Ramgude, 22, a Panvel resident, wanted to study mechanical engineering and was told to pay Rs84,000.
“When I checked with Udaipur University, they told that they have a tie-up with the firm. A week ago, when I Cidco continues demolishing illegal structures in the city. On Tuesday, it razed a building at Kharghar. asked them again, they told me that they do not have not any tie-up with the firm. I am working with Reliance firm in Navi Mumbai. I wanted degree to earn more money so I opted for this firm for distant education.”
“I got a call in May from someone named Raushan Singh. As the fees was cheaper than other institutes, I paid the fees,” said Ramgude.
Ramgude was given books and was also told that the exam was scheduled for August. Later, he was told that the exams had been postponed. A week ago, when he tried to contact them, he found all phones of the Mumbai office switched off. The same was the case with the Delhi office.
Abdul Majeed, 29, a resident of Mumbra, wanted to study electrical engineering.
He paid Rs40,000 a month ago. They told him that they would give study material. “When I didn’t get them, I contacted them and found the phone switched off. When I reached to their office, I found many like me who were cheated. We planned to lodge a complaint. We gave an application to the Naupada police station,” said Majeed.
A police officer said, “We are in process of registering a case.”