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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The Khandagiri Police has arrested a man for allegedly defrauding a medical aspirant of Rs 60 lakh on promise of getting him a post-graduate seat at a private medical college in Bengaluru.

The accused Debasish Mukherjee was arrested after a complaint at the Khandagiri Police Station by a medical aspirant named Asish Pattnaik who is a resident of Satapdi Nagar in the State Capital City of Odisha.

As per the complainant, Asish had given Rs 60 lakh in three instalments to Debasish, who assured him a seat in a private medical college in Bengaluru, in 2018.

However, even though time passed by, Debasish could not ensure Asish’s admission into the college. Later when the medical aspirant requested Debasish to return his money, the latter did not respond despite repeated phone calls. At last, Asish lodged a police complaint against Debasish while levelling charges of fraudulence against him.

The Khandagiri Police had launched an investigation into the matter and arrested the accused Debasish yesterday from a rented house at LIC Colony in Chandrasekharpur area of Bhubaneswar.

Police sources said that Debasish has earlier defrauded many people by introducing himself as a managing director (MD) of a news portal in the Capital City.

Debasish had also hired some girls who used to call the medical aspirants over phone and loot money from them with lucrative offers of admission in medical colleges in and outside the State. He was court forwarded yesterday. Further investigation into the matter is underway.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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