Sunday, March 27, 2011

Two held in fake admission racket

The city crime branch has busted a fake admission racket targeting students seeking seats in medical and engineering colleges in and around Coimbatore district. Two persons including an engineering graduate was arrested following a complaint from a medical seat aspirant who had allegedly paid Rs five lakh.

Police are also probing whether the accused have any links with other fake admission racketeers operating in the city. "We received a complaint that they were discretely running an admission racket targeting college students aspiring for medical and engineering seats," said M Selvarajan, assistant commissioner, city crime branch.

City police commissioner C Sylendra Babu received a complaint from Nibin Chrise from Nagercoil district and his relative Ashokan, a resident, against P Sivaprakash (33) and R Rajeshwaran (35), who had allegedly accepted Rs 5 lakh from Nibin for a medical seat last year. Sivaprakash is a resident of Kalveeranpalayam near Bharathiar University campus and is a mechanical engineering graduate from Government College of Technology in Coimbatore. Rajeshwaran hails from Dharmapuri and was pursuing a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy, before he became acquainted with Sivaprakash.
"They were operating without any registration or office. Sivaprakash has claimed that he had a brief stint as an associate professor in some private institution," Selvarajan added.

According to the police complaint, Nibin was aspiring for a medical seat in any prominent medical college in Western Tamil Nadu. The duo approached his family and promised to get him a seat if they were given an advance commission of `5 lakh. The payment was made in cash in June 2010. However, Nibin failed to get admission last year and the duo started dodging him and his family whenever they tried to contact them. They have also accused Sivaprakash of threatening them on more than one occasion when they demanded their money back.

"We are now probing whether there are others who have fallen prey to their scam," said Selvarajan. In another case, Radhakrishnan, a resident of Kanyakumari district, had filed an FIR with the city police alleging that he was cheated of Rs 18.5 lakh by agents who promised him a seat for a professional course. The police are now probing into the matter and trying to ascertain whether the arrested duo is involved in this case too.

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