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Kolkata: Police in Kolkata have busted a racket, which collected several crores of rupees from parents assuring the admission of their son or daughter to medical colleges and management institutes in south India.

Till now police have arrested eight persons of the racket that was operating from an office at Kalikapur area on EM Bypass in the city under the guise of a computer training centre named Indian Lead.

Police have named four of them as Ajitesh Mondal, Ashwini Modi (both managing directors of the firm), and two managers Aniruddha Dasgupta and Kshiti Sahu. Investigators did not disclose the names of the rest four at this point for the benefit of further probe.

As many as 30 mobile phones and a large number of SIM cards have been recovered from the office using which telecallers hired by the racket used to trap prospective students and their parents.

The development comes after a man lodged a complaint at Garfa police station saying that he paid Rs 25-lakh to India Lead for admission to MBBS course in a private medical college in Bangalore. But despite the lapse of six months, the firm is neither facilitating the admission nor returning the money.

The case was at once transferred to Survey Park police station under which lies Kalikapur area. Two employees of the firm ~ Apala Dutta and Amit Kumar Rana~ at once turned approver and told police that several crores of rupees have been collected by the owners and managers assuring admission. The two told police that they the managers had informed that the firm has authorised tie-ups with several medical colleges and management institutes.

Police subsequently arrested the two owners, two managers, and four of their aides. Investigators said that the racket, in particular, used to tell students and parents that they can provide admission in the Christ College and the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangalore. For admission to MBA course, they used to charge up to Rs 90-lakh and for MBBS Rs 1.20-crore.