**Rourkela:** Rourkela police has arrested three members of a gang which were operating an MBBS admission racket in the steel city here and were duping vulnerable students aspiring for admission in medical colleges.
The police acted after getting complaints from students that they had been receiving SMS from a number in which they were asked to deposit certain amount in the given bank account if they wished to get admission in the medical colleges of their choice across the country.
“The main accused is residing out of Odisha. His modus operandi was to get the phone numbers of the candidates who appeared in the AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test), but could not succeed in the entrance exam and SMS were sent primarily to them. They used to convince them to a confirmed admission in a government medical college in lieu of Rs 5 lakh and to deposit Rs 3 lakh in advance in the accounts of three fake doctors,”revealed Pradyumna Kumar Mishra, DSP, Rourkela Police.
“We have seized 10 fake accounts which were opened in 5 differnt banks of Rourkela. The three members, named Sekhar Goswami, Karan Sharma and Rahul Pandey of Rourkela are already being arrested. They used to open accounts by submitting fake voter ID card, electricity bill, and driving licences under the names of three fake doctors,”he added.
A total amount of around 25-30 lakhs must have been defrauded in this case. Meanwhile, two police teams have also been sent to Bihar and Rajasthan to investigate further into the links of this racket in other states.
Notably, many aspiring candidates of Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, and Rajasthan have been duped in this process.