Two arrested from US Nagar over SC/ST scholarship scam
Rudrapur: The special investigation team (SIT) team probing the SC/ST scholarship scam arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in it on late Saturday night.
The accused have been identified as Sanjay Singh Rana and Sanjay Prakash, both residents of village Bidaura Majhola, in Sitarganj of district Udham Singh Nagar.
They had been absconding since a case was filed against eight people at Sitarganj police station last year.
The accused, who worked as middlemen in conniving with social welfare department officials, had collected certificates from students belonging to the SC/ST community, on the pretext of helping them with admission at Moradabad Polytechnic College, Uttar Pradesh.
Some students said that representatives of the institute had approached them, asking for their documents, on the pretext of providing them a scholarship and a degree. They got neither.
Senior sub inspector of police BS Bisht said that a joint team of SIT and police is still investigating the exact number of students whose certificates were used to siphon off scholarships meant for SC/ST students.
According to SIT officials, an investigation of bank details revealed that a major portion of the scholarship amounts was embezzled first by the institute and then the social welfare department department.
The rest of the money was transferred to fraudulent accounts created under the students’ name, which would later be transferred to the bank account of the institute.
Both the accused in the scam were booked under sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (Forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (Using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and 120b (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of IPC and sections 3/2 of the SC/ST Act.