Medical aspirant duped of Rs 8 lakh

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Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Aug 4 (UNI) A four-member inter-state gang was arrested here for duping a woman and her daughter of Rs 8 lakh, on pretext of helping her in getting admission into a medical college.

Police sources said the imposters, who were arrested yesterday, include Shivanand Prasad Saha (26) from Bihar, Dev Brahmata (30) from West Bengal, Rahul Ramji Jha (27) from Bihar, and Shashi Shekhar Ramani (21) from Kerala.

An amount of Rs 7 lakh in cash has been seized from their possession.

Police said Neesha Soni, who was seeking admission to MBBS course for her daughter Shanoo, came in contact with Saha, who promised to get a seat for her daughter in one of the city's medical colleges from the management quota.

He demanded Rs 8 lakh in cash for the job. Shanoo reached Aurangabad on Saturday with the amount and met Shivanand Saha.

Neesha and Shanoo were introduced to three others there. The trio took them to a medical college in Cidco on Saturday, took the cash from the duo and asked them to wait at the reception.

The mother-daughter waited for them for a long time, but the accused did not reappear. The mother grew suspicious and started looking for them. Somehow, she located Dev and managed to catch him with the help of people, but Rahul and Shashi fled the spot in a car.

A police squad rushed to the college and arrested Dev. Later, their accomplice Saha was also arrested.

Neesha hails from Banaras, Uttar Pradesh.

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