Two students duped with MBBS seat promise

Oct 04, 2013, 01:54 IST | Salil Urunkar

Two separate gangs of conmen got in touch with them, promising them admission to an MBBS course; one student duped of Rs 5 lakh while other pays Rs 22.5 lakh

A cheating case registered by two students has revealed thedevious ways swindlers adopt to con money out of MBBS aspirants. In a complaint registered at Kothrud police station, some unidentified persons have duped a youth to the tune of Rs 5 lakh by luring him with an MBBS seat at a reputed educational institute located in Talegaon Dabhade. The youth had failed to secure admission to an MBBS course, and taking advantage of his situation the conmen duped him.

The incident took place on Sunday and Monday at the college premises. The youth’s father, Vitthal Kashinath Yavalkar (54), a resident from Nashik, filed a cheating complaint against the three unknown persons. Two of the accused had identified themselves as Sachin Singh and Gill during their interactions with Yavalkar.

Elaborating on the modus operandi, police inspector (crime) Shrikant Navale, of Kothrud police station, said, “We received information that the accused got access to the list of candidates who had failed to secure admission at different colleges. After getting details like names and contact numbers of the students, they sent a message to the students on their mobile phones and lured them, promising them admissions to an MBBS course in a college of their choice.”

“In Yavalkar’s case, too, this modus operandi has been employed by the accused. We also believe that that these conmen are from other states, and hence are difficult to trace,” Navale added. The identity theft, as claimed by police, may have taken place due to the college employees’ connivance with the accused or due to the online accessibility of the candidates’ information.

Second con
In a similar incident, three unknown persons duped another MBBS aspirant to the tune of Rs 22.5 lakh between August 22 and September 29. The accused who identified themselves as Vikas, Sameer Deshpande and a college trustee got in touch with Punjab native Vatandeep Anilkumar Kambhoj (20), and promised him a seat from the management quota to a reputed college located at Ambegaon Narhe. The accused had also forged the signature of the principal and used fake stamps and letterheads of the institute. Police sub-inspector N J Ubale from Dattawadi police station is investigating the case.

Rs 1.27 lakh siphoned off man’s bank account
Swargate police have registered a case against an unknown person for hacking the bank account of Avenue India Company and siphoning off Rs 1.27 lakh on Wednesday. The company’s accountant Harun Ismail Shaikh (64) has lodged the complaint in this regard. According to the complaint, the company has an account by the name of ‘National Earth Movers’ at the Salisbury Park branch of the Union Bank of India. On Wednesday, Shaikh realised that some person had hacked into his account and illegally transferred the money. Police inspector Nikam is investigating the case. 

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