Pune, 3rd February 2024:The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJP Yuva Morcha) with the help of Pune City Police, exposed the deceptive practices of ‘My College Khoj,’ a company exploiting the dreams of underprivileged students seeking education abroad.
The modus operandi of the said company involved luring economically disadvantaged students with promises of assistance for studying abroad. Subsequently, the students were coerced into paying exorbitant amounts ranging from two to two and a half lakhs in multiple stages, including an application fee, scholarship fee, visa application fee, incomplete documents fee, health insurance, among others.
Upon realization of the fraudulent activities, distressed students reached out to Sushil Mengde, the state general secretary of BJP Yuva Morcha. Mengde, in turn, swiftly informed Pune Yuva Morcha officials, Omkar Kedari and Dushyant Mohol, who took immediate action by reporting the matter to the authorities.
Under the leadership of Pune BJP president Dhiraj Ghate, a joint effort was made by Pradesh Yuva Morcha General Secretary Sushil Mengde, Yuva Morcha City president Karan Misal, and other office bearers. A statement was submitted to the then Pune Police Commissioner Retesh Kumaarr, accompanied by a formal complaint on behalf of the affected students. The gathering included Yuva Morcha office bearers Omkar Kedari, Dushyant Mohol, Apoorva Khade, Omkar Davari, Ashish Surve, Pramod Satav, along with the concerned students.
Following the complaint lodged by Yuva Morcha on February 2 (Friday), officers from the Economic Offences Wingh (EOW) of the Pune Police conducted a raid on the company’s office in Phoenix Mall, Viman Nagar. The operation resulted in the arrest of individuals caught red-handed with fake stamps and documents.
A case has been registered against the main accused at the Vimantal police station, who is currently on the run. The remaining members of the fraudulent team are in police custody, and investigations are ongoing.