The district police have registered a criminal case against two UK-based NRIs for defrauding 10 students of Rs 26 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad. In a complaint to SSP Surjit Singh Grewal, Gurbhagat Singh of geeta colony in Moga alleged that agents Veer Chand Sharma, a resident of Baghapurana in district Moga and his son Manawe Sharma, residing in London duped him of Rs 26 lakh on the promise of sending 14 students abroad.
Investigation officer Manjit Singh said that agents had also taken passports and other necessary documents from the youths. The SSP has asked for a detailed report.
"I bumped into one Chand Sharma at Baghapurana and he assured me that his son Manawe Sharma was director of the Star Ford College of Management and lured me into handing over money."
Gurbhagat Singh had then provided Rs 26 lakh including educational certificates, passports and other necessary documents of Sarabjeet Kaur Mann, Narinder Singh, Amit Tiyagi, Mandeep Kaur, Swaranjeet Kaur, Chhinder Pal Singh, Amandeep Singh Gill, Lovejeet Singh Sandhu, Jeetinder Pal Kaur, Manpreet Kaur, Lovepreet Singh, Navjot Kaur Virk and other two students for sending them abroad for studying business management at London.
IO added that during the investigation, it was found that agents had provided study visa to only four students. "After it was clear that he had been defrauded, Gurbhagat Singh returned the money to all students concerned from his own pocket," the IO added.
A case of fraud has been registered against Sharma and his son under various sections of the IPC at the NRI police station. However, no arrest has been made.