Vikash Sharma

Bolangir Cyber Police busted a criminal gang that used to dupe several students on the pretext of providing them admission in government medical colleges. The gang mostly used to target students who secured lower scores in NEET and other examinations.

Bolangir SP, Rishikesh Khilari on Friday informed that the gang was busted after a complainant from Bargarh, on October 4, alleged that some miscreants duped him to the tune of Rs 16 lakhs on the pretext of getting admission done in a government medical college. The accused had given a fake admission letter and impersonated as fake OJEE officials as well.

Based on the complaint, a team was constituted and a raid was conducted on Kalinga Academy in Barmunda area in Bhubaneswar. Bolangir SP informed that three persons were subsequently arrested from Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, and Phulbani.

Gang Operation

The criminal gang used to target the aspirants who secured lower marks in NEET and other entrance examinations. They used to take the students to hotels and institutions to win their trust. They used to send fake admission letters by e-mail. The accused had taken Rs 16 lakh from the complainant. It was found that the gang had duped nearly Rs 70 to 80 lakh from other victims. Later, the gang distributed the money among 8 members and used to assemble after exams, the SP said.

Challenges In Investigation

The gang mostly used to speak through WhatsApp calls. Later, through CDR analysis, and bank verification, Police managed to ascertain the identity of one of the accused, who was traced to Bengaluru.

  • Reported by:
  • Ghateswar Mishra