Ujjain : An Andhra Pradesh based businessman lost Rs 58 lakh to a conmen who took the money on the promise of getting a MBBS seat for his daughter in a medical college two years ago. There have been a number of cases of agents cheating students looking for seats in professional courses, like medical, engineering, dental and others, but parents continue to fall prey to these agents.

In a recent case of infamous RD Gardi Medical College, businessman from Andhra Pradesh lost Rs 58 lakh that he paid to two agents, who had promises his brother an MBBS seat at RD Gardi Medical College. The businessman, Venkateshwar Rao, has filed a complaint with the Chimanganj Mandi police, Cops said that Rao’s brother had passed his 12th standard exams and appeared for AIPMT, CPMT, and other entrance exams seeking admission to MBBS.

As he had mentioned his mobile phone number in most of the application forms, he started getting a number of calls and messages, offering management or payment seats in other states. His brother called one such number and the agent, who introduced himself as Tahir, claimed that he could help them get a seat in any top private medical colleges across the country under the management quota. The agent told Rao that there were a limited number of seats and they had to hurry. The agent said that he would try for a seat at RD Gardi Medical College in Ujjain Madhya Pradesh for Rs 18 lakh. Within the next few days, the Rao got a call from the Komal Pandey, Tahir’s accomplice saying that his brother’s admission was confirmed and that they had to get a demand draft for Rs 14 lakhs in favour of the address given by the accused.

Komal asked Rao to give complete payment of Rs 58 lakh, which Tahir took from Rao in Andhra Pradesh. Later Tahir left claiming that he would bring the admission form which had to be filled. When Rao tried to call Tahirs’s number, it was not reachable. Realising that he had been cheated, he approached the police. “We are going through the call records of both the accused. It is suspected that the accused could be part of a larger gang,” the Chimanganj Mandi police said.

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