MANGALURU: Five PG radiology aspirants allege that police have failed to nab an agent who vanished in 2012 after taking Rs.4.2 crore from them.
Bihar-based Sangeeth Kumar Jha allegedly took money from the five MBBS graduates and assured them seats in reputed colleges. However, he neither got them their seats nor returned their money, the students alleged, and said he kept making false assurances before absconding.
Complainant Arun S of Tamil Nadu, one of the five students who was present at a press meet on Thursday, said he had paid Jha Rs.61 lakh. Similarly, Jha had taken Rs.91 lakh from Branesh and Rs.68 lakh from Mohammad Azaruddin, both from Kerala.
The students said Jha was introduced to them by their friend Jawahar, who was known to them for several years. “MD radiology seats cost Rs.1 crore to Rs.3 crore in well known medical colleges. We contacted Jawahar and Jha to get seats at lower rates,” Arun said. According to Arun, Jha could have cheated more 50 people.
Arun said Jha had married a woman in Thirthahalli and they have one child. He said that though Jha is in touch with his wife and in-laws, police have not made an attempt to trace him. “Jha’s wife is related to a woman politician in Shimoga,” Arun alleged.
Branesh said their friend Jawahar too has stopped receiving calls after Jha failed to return the money.
Kadri police said they had registered a case in 2012. Though they launched a search for the accused in Delhi, they couldn’t trace him, they said. The investigation is on and they are collecting more information, the police said. An FIR has also been registered against the accused in Halsur Gate police station in Bengaluru in 2013.