By PRAMESH S JAIN
The accused members of American service centre promised seats to the candidates in MBBS and MBA courses under management quota, charging caption fees from Rs.35 lakh to Rs.40 lakh.
The Madiwala Police has arrested six people in connection with fake admission racket which promised seats in medical and management courses at colleges in Washington universities of Babourdus gayaan,Alexander University of America,Tianjin Medical University of China and with various other foreign universities name they have cheated about 300 students to the tune of 25 crores of rupees.
The incident came into light when a group of students lodged a complaint at the Madiwala police station saying that it had been six months since they have paid Rs.35 lakh to the alleged company American Service Center for admission to MBBS course at a medical college in foreign universities,but the firm neither facilitated the admission nor returned the money.
Based on a complaint the Madiwala police on Saturday raided an educational consultancy firm with branches in HSR Layout and Jayanagar for allegedly duping as many as 200 students from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh after promising medical seats in foreign universities.
Six staff members have been arrested, but the kingpin owner Gopi Venkata Rao and his wife Nikhila as well as an associate identified as Zameer were able to escape.
The arrested accused has been identified as Shaistha Suman,25,Dilip,28,his father Edukondalu, 51,and three relatives of the owners are Ayesha Banu,25,Ranganayakalu,30, and Ishaq Basha,30.
The accused used to convince their clients that they had tied up with medical institutions in several countries. They allegedly promised them seats in medical colleges in the U.S. and China.
A Senior police officer told media persons, that a team led by DCP Southeast,Dr.M.B.Boralingaiah,ACP,G.U. Somegowda,formed a special team headed by Madiwala inspector Mallesh.S.Bolletin and his crime staff based on complaint and on the tip of they nabbed Suman and during interrogation he confessed the crime and he revealed the names of others involved and based on his statement the team nabbed other 5 accused including a women and detailed investigation by the team it has revealed that the couple had opened several Consultancy services in different names across South India, since 2011.The duo were arrested by Chennai police two years ago,but then shifted their consultancy branches to Bengaluru and Hyderabad, while changing names to mislead the police.The gang used to offer admissions to medical courses at institutions like the Washington University, Alexander University of America,and other foreign universities.They would collect 25 to 30 lakh from each student, and take them to these foreign locations to gain their trust.After getting money, they would avoid the students and their parents.The gang made more than 25 crores this way.The team has filed cases against the consultancy and the couple in Adugodi, Madiwala and Jayanagar,The arrested accused has been identified as Shaistha Suman,25,Dilip,28,his father Edukondalu, 51,and three relatives of the owners are Ayesha Banu,25,Ranganayakalu,30, and Ishaq Basha,30.They were booked for cheating and forgery, and remanded in judicial custody.and a special team is on lookout for the absconding accused and finally Bengaluru Police Commissioner,T.Suneel Kumar,has appreciated, Addl CP East,Seemanth Kumar Singh,DCP Southeast,Dr.M.B.Boralingaiah,ACP,Madiwala Sub-division,G.U.Somegowda,PI, Mallesh.S.Bolletin,PSI,Sanjeev Kumar and his whole crime staff who has done commendable job and exemplary work in nabbing these notorious conman gang who has cheated around 300 students for the tune of Rs.25 Crores,to lead a lavish lifestyle they conned students but now they are cooling their heels in jail he added.