The Ashok Nagar police are on the lookout for a conman, who duped a MBBS aspirant from Chennai of Rs 15 lakh, after promising him a seat at a prestigious college.
The accused identified as Noushad Pasha, who claims to be the director of an educational institute, advertised in newspapers offering to provide management quota seats for professional courses at leading colleges across the state.
Pre-university student Anirudh Prasad from Chennai, wanted to pursue an MBBS course and when he could not get a seat in his hometown, he came to Bangalore in April this year to try his luck.
Anirudh's grandfather M Indira Prasad, approached Pasha who in turn offered to get a seat for the aspiring medical student at Dr Ambedkar Medical College under the management quota, for Rs 36 lakh.
Pasha, claimed to be the director of Windsor Institute of Management Studies and boasted that he could get a seat for any professional course, not only in Karnataka, but also in the neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
A deal was struck and an initial amount of Rs 15 lakh was paid to Pasha and the balance amount was to change hands after the seat was secured. P S V Sagar, Anirudh's father withdrew had withdrawn the amount from his provident fund and also took a personal loan to make the payment.
The victim's grandfather realized that he had been hoodwinked when his grandson's name was not selected under the management quota.
He immediately contacted Pasha, who said that he could not arrange the seat and promised to return the money. When Anirudh's parents came to the city to recover the money, they found that the accused was missing and his office was locked.
"He not only wasted a year of my grandson's life, but also cheated my son of his savings," said Prasad.
The Ashok Nagar police have taken up a case of cheating against Pasha and are on the lookout.
"There are many such rackets, which have been busted in the recent past, but every year new ones arise to target students from outside the state," a police official said.