Koregaon Park: UP man robbed of Rs 50 lakh

Meerut man was in city for son’s admission that didn’t materialise

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: June 14, 2013 3:17:14 am

Minutes after a man from Uttar Pradesh who allegedly paid Rs 50 lakh to get a seat for his son in a medical college in Pune took back the money as the seat had not materialised,three unidentified persons robbed him at Koregaon Park on Wednesday,police said.

The 54-year-old man from Meerut,Rakeshkumar Gupta filed an FIR at Koregaon Park police station.

Inspector (crime) Rajendra Mulik,who is investigating the case,said,“Gupta had initially paid Rs 5 lakh to Kohlapur-based developer Sangram Ghatge to secure a seat for his son in a medical college. Gupta was assured of the seat once he paid the remaining Rs 45 lakh. The remaining money was paid to some agents in installments. We are yet to find who these people were.”

Mulik said due to some reason,the deal for a seat for Gupta’s son did not fructify.

“On Wednesday afternoon,Gupta and his son came to Koregaon Park to collect the money from Ghatge. As the two sat in Ghatge’s car,three unidentified men brandishing a country-made pistol and knives barged into the car and threatened them and Ghatge. They asked Ghatge to drive the car to a secluded place near the railway tracks,where they threw chilli powder into their eyes and fled with Rs 50 lakh.”

Mulik said the information about the cash being exchanged could have been leaked. “We are probing the matter. We are checking how the money was paid to ‘facilitate’ the admission in this way. As more facts come to the fore,we may also register an offence in connection with the alleged transaction,” added Mullick.

Police are also checking the footage from the CCTV cameras installed at various spots.

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