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Four arrested for admission fraud

Azad Maidan police have arrested four persons for allegedly duping Rohit Agarwal, 19, of Rs2.37 lakh by promising him admission in a Bandra College.

Mohammed Sameer alias Raju Salim Goavala, 26, Mohammed Moiuddhin alias Rais Rafiq Surti, 24, Ezaj Amrelia, 20 and Abdul Kadir alias Salim Sheikh, 26, were arrested on charges of cheating, forgery and common intention on September 15.

Assistant inspector Vijay Powar, Azad Maidan police station, said that they recovered Rs1.02 lakh and Agarwal’s original certificates from Sheikh’s house in Govandi. Sub-inspector Prakash Pawar said that Agarwal, a resident of Mira Road, was desperate to do mechanical engineering from Rizvi College despite securing only 65% in the CET.
Therefore, on July 25, he contacted Amrelia through a friend Sayyed Sabbir, 20.

Agarwal was willing to pay Rs1.80 lakh to Amrelia, who had promised to get him admission by July 31. However, Amrelia later returned all his documents saying he (Agarwal) had very low marks.

Amrelia, Goavala and Surti, then decided to cheat Agarwal. “Goavala and Surti bought a new SIM card from a Pydhonie mobile shop and asked Amrelia to give their new number to the victim,” said Pawar. He said that Goavala and Surti also adopted pseudo names of Vishal Goavala and Jafar Surti, respectively. The duo then called Agarwal for a meeting on August 1, where they promised him admission on payment of Rs2.37 lakh (including Rs17,000 as college fees for six months).

On August 3, Surti’s girlfriend Ria alias Pooja collected Agarwal’s certificates from his Bandra residence.

The following day, Sheikh posing as Salim collected the money from the victim near Empire theatre at CST and handed him an admission receipt of Rizvi College.
But on August 28, when Agarwal went to the college he did not find his name in the admission list. When he contacted the college authorities they told him that the receipt was bogus.

He then filed a complaint with the Azad Maidan police.
“During interrogation, Amrelia said they had procured an old admission receipt from one Tariq. They then scanned it on the computer and after making a few changes gave it to Agarwal,” said senior inspector Prakash Shishupal.

Source: DNA


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