20 youths promised ad­mis­sion, cheated of `5L

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com The youths show the book­let of the fraud com­pany.

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.”

BACHCHAN KUMAR

PRAFUL GANGURDE

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