A gang of three, including a nephew of a senior Congress minister in Karnataka, has been arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police in Bengaluru for allegedly cheating students by promising seats at reputed medical and engineering colleges in the state.
The accused persons have been identified as Sriharsha, 32 of Timmanahalli, Syed Ayub, 29 of Handanakere village, both from Tumkur district and Shivaraj, 36 from Mysuru. The trio have been arrested for cheating a student Siddharth of DJ Halli in east Bengaluru by collecting Rs 58 lakh from him with the promise of a medical seat in a reputed medical college.
Police said that Sriharsha who is the nephew of a senior Congress minister is the main accused in the case. The police did not disclose the name of the politician on the grounds that he is not linked to the case. A preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused cheated many students in the state over the last five years. Two cases are pending against them at the Mandya East police station and the KG Halli police station. They had managed to evade arrest in the past.
“Our investigation reveals that the accused cheated many people. We have to find the money involved in these cheating cases,” a senior police officer said.