Alok Mishra

Patna: With the arrest of one Sanjiv Kumar, Patna Police stumbled on a racket of fleecing huge cash from candidates aspiring to get admission in BEd course in prestigious institutions across the country. Police recovered one laptop, five ATM cards, documents of different universities, one stamp, admit cards, marks- sheets and other documents of several candidates besides four cellphones from the possession of the arrested person, said Patna Senior SP (SSP) Mannu Maharaaj here.

Patna SSP had been receiving inputs that agents of the gang have become active in the state capital trapping unemployed youth in the name of admission in prestigious educational institutions and collecting huge cash from them. For verification and arrest of such persons, a police team led by DSP (Law & Order) and comprising  Kotwali ps SHO and members of Technical Cell was constituted by the SSP.

The team came to know that one Shankar Kumar Singh, who earlier owned a consultancy office at Maharaja Kameshwar Complex on Frazer Road, has appointed his agents in Bihar and Jharkhand to trap candidates. The cops also came to know that one Sanjiv Kumar, associated with Shankar, has come to Patna. Members of the police team laid a trap and arrested Sanjiv near Patna Junction. Police recovered several documents from his possession.

During interrogation, Sanjiv told the cops that he had developed contacts with agents of several colleges of different universities including Monard University Ghaziabad, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, Jodhpur National University Rajasthan, Mat University, Raipur, Chattisgarh, CV Raman University, Bilaspur, Board of Higher Secondary Education, Delhi, Sunrise University, Rajasthan, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Teacher Training College, West Bengal, used to fleece cash from aspirants.

Sanjiv told police that he had recently handed over Rs 11 lakh cash to Shankar Singh from his bank account. He also revealed the names of persons in whose accounts he had transferred cash from his own account. Raids were on to arrest those persons, said SSP. Sanjiv is a native of village Bhirar under Singhiya police station in Samastipur and at present residing at Masna, near Dhobi Ghat, Lower Vardman Compound under Lalpur police station, Ranchi (Jharkhand).

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