Mumbai: MBBS Admission scam gang has victimised six people from Navi Mumbai and other states, totalling 3.30 crore.
The amount is expected to rise as the investigation continues, according to Navi Mumbai police commissioner Milind Bharambe, who spoke at a press conference on Wednesday.
MBBS Admission Scam Started in 2017
In 2017, a group of well-educated men from various states formed a gang with the goal of duping students desperate for medical admissions.
Iftekhar Ahmad Mushtaq Ahmad alias Abhay Singh alias Gautam (31) from Gautam Buddha Nagar (UP), Luv Avadhkishor Gupta (35) from Jaipur, Aakib Naushad Ahmad (28) from Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, and Abhijatya Radhesham Singh (41) from Ghaziabad were arrested.
The MBBS Admission scam gang’s other four members are engineers by training but have never worked as engineers. While Singh has no prior criminal record, Ahmad and Gupta have pending criminal cases in UP.
The gang’s strategy was to portray itself as an organisation that uses social media to help students gain admission to management quotas. “The gang’s main target has been students who scored low on the NEET exam and have slim chances of getting admission through merit.
Students who performed poorly on the NEET would contact them via their advertisement and provide their mobile phone numbers. One of them would then contact the individual and offer admission to any reputable medical college.
The gang would then set a price based on the person’s capacity. On January 13, this year, the police received a complaint from a Chhattisgarh resident who was duped out of 33.50 lakhs in Nerul.
One of the Accused in MBBS Admission Scam is a Doctor
Upadhyay, one of the five arrested in the MBBS Admission scam, is an MBBS graduate with a criminal record in Uttar Pradesh dating back to 2014.
“Though he is a doctor, he never registered and thus has not practised as a doctor,” said Tanaji Bhagat, senior police inspector at Nerul Police Station.
Upadhyay, who has a medical background, used to deal with the ‘clients’ and persuade them that they had enough contacts at the colleges to help them get admission.
Modus Operandi of MBBS Admission Scam
The 50-year-old complainant in the case filed at Nerul police station was seeking admission for her daughter and had first received a call in March 2022.
The complainant was asked to meet Upadhyay at DY Patil Medical College in Nerul, where he showed them around the campus and finalised the course admission for 1 crore.
The complainant transferred 5 lahks to the account number provided on the first day. To gain confidence, the accused used to send letters on the letterhead of the college name stating that admission was in process on a regular basis.
The complainant paid 33.50 lakh until January 2023, and because they were not providing admission letters, the complainant visited the college with the previously provided letter.
The college denied ever issuing such an admission letter. The complainant then approached the police and filed a complaint, after which the officers devised a trap for the accused.
The MBBS Admission scam victim was forced to call the accused and tell them she was willing to pay an additional 15 lakhs in cash, but she needed the admission letter right away. The defendants were persuaded and agreed to meet her near Vashi Railway Station.
“The accused came with a forged admission letter on the college letterhead, and our team apprehended them,” Nerul Police Station Police Inspector (crime) Sanjay Chavan said.
MBBS Admission Scam Gang Used Names of Various Colleges
So far, the MBBS Admission scam gang has used the names Sir JJ Medical College, Sion Medical College, Nair Medical College, Alibaug Government Medical College, Dr. DY Patil Medical College, Terna Medical College, and MGM Medical College incorrectly.
They also committed the crime in the jurisdictions of Sir JJ Marg police station, MRA Marg police station, Alibaug Police station, and Bhandara City Police station, according to the investigation.
“We have so far found two bank accounts at Noida and found a transaction of ₹3.30 crore. Because it is a current account, all of the money earned by defrauding others has been withdrawn.
We have also seized a few gadgets from them and are investigating,” said joint Commissioner Sanjay Mohite.
“Citizens should not fall prey to MBBS Admission scams,” Bharambe said, warning citizens against such scams. Anyone who has been cheated in this manner should immediately report to the nearest police station. In this regard, immediate action will be taken.”
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