Police bust cash-for-medical seat gang
Police bust cash-for-medical seat gang, KOLKATA: The Bhowanipore police has busted an organized gang that targeted students with below par ranks in NEET and state-level medical entrance exams and promised to admit them at medical colleges against a hefty amount. The cops chanced upon the gang that had chosen the SSKM Hospital premises to strike a deal after one of the aspirants got into a verbal duel with the accused over the mode of payment.
According to police, Swapna Thakur (20), a medical aspirant from RK Puram in Delhi, had received a call some time ago from a person who introduced himself as M Haque. He said he could get her admitted at a private medical college in Budge Budge under the management quota. Accordingly, the victim, her father Gopal Thakur and a friend of her father flew down to Kolkata. The accused introduced himself as an agent and lodged them at a hotel at Park Circus. He demanded a total of Rs 75 lakh and Rs 30 lakh upfront. As an initial payment, Rs 6 lakh was handed over to the accused on Tuesday and the girl was asked to come back on Wednesday.
When Swapna returned on Wednesday, they demanded more money in cash. At this point, the girl’s father intervened and refused to pay, leading to a heated argument. The police outpost was alerted and they nabbed the accused.
“This was not a fly-by-the-night gang. They had a well-oiled modus operandi. We have arrested two persons – Bishnudeb Pramanik and Chandan Panda – hailing from Tamluk,” said an IPS officer at Lalbazar. The accused were produced in court where they were bailed out.