Bengaluru: The JP Nagar police have requested those who were cheated by Santosh Lohar, who claimed to be the vice-chancellor of a University of Bio-Chemic Health Science, to come forward and file complaints with them.
The 35-year-old West Bengal-based Lohar was arrested recently. Claiming to be the vice-chancellor of the university, he had allegedly duped educational institutions, promising them affiliation for opening colleges. He had created several fake documents, authorising him to grant permission for opening of para medical, bio-medical, bio-chemic nursing colleges under the University of Bio-Chemic education Grant Commission.
He had created a fake copy of e-gazette in the name of bio-chemic grant commission and uploaded the document on a web portal of government of India. He made leading colleges open new courses after taking “permission” from him. To complete the con act, he also used a car with an emblem of the government of India and fake seals.
Lohar, who was a resident of Tirumala Garden Apartment in MLA Layout, Bannerghatta Road, had cheated over 44 educational institutions across the country, including 19 in Karnataka. He cheated people to the tune of several crores of rupees. He along with co-accused Shyamal Datta claimed they had got approval from the central government to run paramedical and nursing colleges across the country. They forged documents replicating approval letters from the central government and related departments.
They approached many educational institutions, asking them to start medical and nursing courses and promised to get them recognition.
Those who are cheated by the accused may contact J.P. Nagar police on mobile number 9480801517 or 080-22942563, email to email@example.com....