Engineering seats racket busted in TN

Engineering seats racket busted in TN

The Tamil Nadu Crime Branch police on Thursday arrested three persons belonging to Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, for being part of an ‘engineering seats admission racket’ by opening three different fake websites to cheat the public who were trying to get admissions into a private university.

Police sources here said the three persons Sunil Kumar (24), Ajay Kumar (25), both belonging to Bihar state, and Nagarajan (22), a native of Andhra Pradesh, had opened the fake websites with their contact numbers, promising seats in VIT University B.Tech engineering courses.

Incidentally, VIT University has been conducting counseling for the last four days for more than 1.5 lakh candidates who had passed in the entrance test held in April last.
When some candidates, brought the attention of the bogus websites and its advertisements to the authorities, the VIT University Registrar Thyagarajan filed a complaint with the District S P K. Senthilkumari on May 18, to trace the culprits.

According to police, all the accused were temporary residents of Chennai and were living separately in Poonamallee, Ramapuram and T'Nagar areas.

Knowing that the VIT University had been organising counseling for the qualified candidates, the three wanted to make use of this opportunity by producing bogus identity cards and posing themselves as high officials of the University, said SP Senthilkumari. The three wanted to make a big sum from the candidates who could not get seats in the university.

The special investigation team zoned in on the suspects when it received information from the Katpadi police that a three persons were staying in three different rooms in a lodge in Thiruvalam. The arrested persons who were produced before the judicial magistrate court were remanded to 15 days judicial custody.

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