A man who runs several agencies was arrested in New Alipore on Tuesday for allegedly duping a father of Rs 16.4 lakh by promising his daughter admission to a medical college in Bangalore.
Police said Tanmoy Bandhopadhyay, 50, had taken Rs 16.4 lakh from the student’s family in 2012.
“The accused had set up a number of agencies through which he was apparently running an admission racket. One such agency is in Sahapore colony in New Alipore’s Block J,” said an officer of New Alipore police station.
The agency — whose website claims it to be an infrastructure firm — was apparently the venue where Bandhopadhyay had met the father of the candidate and struck the deal, the police said.
“The money was paid in instalments and all transactions were made through cheques,” said the officer.
The student’s family realised they had been duped when she failed to get a berth in the MBBS course at the Bangalore college even well past the admission season in 2012. “The student’s family approached the agency for a refund but Bandhopadhyay turned down the demand. A police complaint was lodged in 2014,” said a senior police officer.
The police started a case of cheating, forgery, mischief, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy but could not arrest Bandhopadhyay.
“The accused had been absconding since the police complaint was lodged. He was arrested near his agency on Tuesday afternoon,” the officer said.