South Delhi police have arrested a 28-year-old ex-deck officer for allegedly duping 70 merchant navy aspirants of over Rs 1 crore.
Police said Vikas Kumar, from Sheikhpura district in Bihar, had promised the students admission in top institutes in Kolkata and Mumbai that provide General Purpose Rating (GPR) Course for merchant navy. Police said they have also recovered Rs 1.9 crore from Kumar's possession. He was arrested from Ranchi.
Police said he was hiding in his in-laws' house there and had switched off his mobile phone and had stopped checking his e-mails.
The police complaint was lodged by Vinod Rana, director of IPMT, IPSR & IPSR Maritime, Chhatarpur. Rana told the police that the accused had approached him claiming that he shares good rapport with training institutes in Kolkata and Mumbai and that he can get admission to his students for coastal training.
Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (south), said Kumar had told Rana that he had good liaison with METRI-Maritime Educational Trainee and Research Institute in Kolkata.
"In the months of April, May and June this year, Rana sent the accused to Kolkata and Mumbai for admission of his students. Kumar asked Rana to send 70 students to Kolkata and transfer Rs 1.5 crore, needed for the admission process, into his two different bank accounts. The students and the principal went to Kolkata later but did not find Kumar," said DCP Sharma adding Rana then lodged a cheating case against Kumar.
The police also got all the bank accounts of the accused blocked.