Continuing investigation of the COMED-K seat blocking scam, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths on Tuesday arrested seven more persons, including the kingpin Ajit Mondal, who was allegedly running the racket with his associate, Priyadarshan alias Prince, for the past several years.

The arrested included five students. This takes the number of persons taken into custody to 35.

Held at airport

The scam came to light on Sunday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at the Kempegowda International Airport detained 28 students when they were trying to flee to their respective States after attending COMED-K entrance exam earlier in the day.

The students, from Bihar and Jharkhand, studying medicine in colleges across the country, were arrested after CISF personnel questioned three of them waiting at the airport. When the three did not give convincing replies, the CISF personnel asked them to produce their identity cards. The details on these cards did not match their claims of age and name. While subjected to detailed questioning, the students spilled the beans. The CCB then swung into action and based on the information provided by them raided a lodge in the Majestic area and arrested Ajit Mondal, Priyadarshan and the five students.

While Priyadarshan was arranging students from northern States to write exams, Ajit Mondal financed the scam, Joint Commissioner of Police Hemanth Nimbalkar said.

According to him, the two confessed that they were in business for the past several years and were involved in the last year’s scam too.

Priyadarshan used to lure poor and meritorious students studying engineering and medicine in their respective States to write the exam, promising them Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 50,000. Apart from this, the two used to take care of conveyance such as flight ticket, boarding and lodging of the students, Mr. Nimbalkar said.

Explaining the modus operandi , Mr. Nimbalkar said that the students would write exams and score good marks to secure seats at the reputed colleges in and around the State. They would get them admission by paying the fee, but would withdraw the admission at the last hour, to help the management to get the seat. ith this arrangement, the management would sell the seats at higher amount and the proceeds would be shared equally among the people involved in the racket, Mr. Nimbalkar said.

Investigation is on to ascertain the nexus at various levels, Mr. Nimbalkar said and added that five cases have been filed against the accused.

The scam came to light when Central Industrial Security Force personnel at the Kempegowda International Airport detained

28 students