The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a man for his involvement in a racket that had duped several students of huge sums for admitting them to medical course in central Asian countries. The men behind the scam charged hefty amounts for enrolling the victims in lucrative course in institutions abroad.

Police said on Thursday that the accused, Gopalan Anish Acharya, the third in a trio of racketeers, operated out of an apartment in Dwarka. “A team was formed to follow up on the inputs we received from Chhattisgarh Police. After his arrest from his house, Acharya admitted to being a part of the racket that had victimised numerous aspirants,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner (Crime).  The two others, Arvind Ghosh and Vaishno, had been arrested earlier and a case of cheating under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code registered against them at Durg in Chhattisgarh. Delhi Police had assisted their counterparts from Chhattisgarh in arresting one of them in the capital.

On questioning, Acharya revealed he was a resident of Kerala and had completed his master’s degree in computer applications from a college in Kyrgyzstan. When he could not land a job on his return to India, he decided to collude with Ghosh and Vaishno in setting up a foreign education consultancy agency called Luxmi Narain Educations in Durg.
 The agency charged students several lakhs of rupees for consultation services. They frequently misled applicants into thinking they would be given admission into top foreign universities, information for which the con men got from brochures downloaded from the internet. Investigations into the consultancy’s operations had begun after the father of one of the victims approached the Chhattisgarh cops for help.
Acharya admitted that he had alone sent eight students from Delhi to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, each of whom paid Rs 18 lakh. Ghosh and Vaishno have confessing to duping more than 100 others. Acharya will be handed over the Chhattisgarh Police.