Eight persons were arrested during a raid at a call centre in Sector V on Friday.
A team from Sector V Electronics Complex police station raided the call centre at Signet Tower in DN Block and arrested these persons for allegedly duping many people by promising rent in return for space to install cellphone network towers.
The owners of the call centre used a door-to-door car wash service as a front for running the call centre from Sector V, an officer of Bidhannagar commissionerate said.
“When our team raided the office they found flyers and other paraphernalia that would lead people to think that they were placing calls offering car wash services. This was a cover. They would place calls posing as officials from different cellphone network service providers and dupe people by promising them returns if they let them set up cellphone towers on their roofs or land,” the official said.
A senior officer of Bidhannagar commissionerate said these persons would then convince the victims to pay a “registration fee” and a “no-objection fee” in the name of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India).
Many of the people who were allegedly cheated are from small towns and villages in West Bengal and the northeastern states of Mizoram and Meghalaya. The fraud runs into several crores of rupees, the officer said.
RKM college, Rahara, gets A++ grade
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara, has bagged an A++ grade, the highest grade, in an assessment conducted by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), said, Swami Kamalasthananda, the principal of the college.
He said the college has been accredited with a CGPA of 3.8 out of 4 on a seven-point scale by NAAC.
The national council rates a college in curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation, research-innovations and extension, infrastructure and learning resources, student support and progression, governance, leadership and management, and in institutional values and best practices.