Two held for links with admission racket
Two held for links with admission racket, Bhowanipore: Two men have been arrested for their alleged links with a racket that had duped at least one student with the false assurance of get-ting her admitted to a medical college in South 24-Parganas.
The accused have been identified as Vaishnadeb Pramanik and Chandan Panda. Police said both were residents of East Midnapore.
M. Hague, an alleged member of the racket, had got in touch with a 20-year-old student, a resident of RK Puram in Delhi, and told her and her family that he would get her admitted to Jagannath Gupta Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, on KP Mondal Road in Budge Budge, against payment.
“The student and her father reached Calcutta earlier this week. A man named Vaishnadeb Pramanik, who introduced himself as a represaitative of Hague, took them to a hotel in Park Circus,” an officer of the city police said.”
As told, the girl and her father wait to SSKM Hospital on Tuesday. There, they were asked to hand over some documents related to admission. Pramanik then demanded Rs 30 lakh. The father gave him a cheque for Rs 6 lakh as advance,” an officer said.
The cheque was made out to Chandan Panda, who Pramanik said would make all the arrangements for admission.
The student and her father were asked to turn up at SSKM Hospital again on Wednesday. When they did, Pramanik asked for more money.
“The two became suspicious and raised an alarm. Pramanik tried but failed to flee through the crowded hospital,” an officer of Bhowanipore police station said.
Pramanik was arrested and based on his statements, Panda was picked up.