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.
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