The Mumbai crime branch recently arrested two persons from Latur for duping the complainant of Rs3.5 lakh by promising admission for his son in a prominent South Mumbai college through ‘Chief Minister’s’ quota.
According to officers from Unit-I, accused Balaji Kamble, 25, a college dropout and Sunil Dandge, 25, a graduate are from Latur, acquainted the complainant, a resident of Mumbai, through their mutual friend. This mutual friend told the complainant that the two had ensured several admissions at a Latur college and have a clout in Mantralaya as well.
The duo lured the complainant by claiming that there is a special Chief Minister’s quota and would be able reserve a seat in any college of his choice for FYJC (Arts) if he paid Rs 3.5 lakh. The complainant’s son had scored 75% in SSC. The complainant paid the said amount in June, but when the admission did not happen he tried contacting the duo. However, no of them were reachable.
Realising that he was duped, the complainant filed a case against the two at the Marine Drive police station last week. Based on his complaint, the two accused wee booked under sections 420 (cheating) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Their whereabouts were traced to Latur and the two were arrested. They were later produced in a magistrate’s court, which remanded them in police custody till October 24.
Investigation is on to find out if more victims have been duped by the duo. However, a crime branch officer said nothing of this sort has surfaced so far.