New Degree Racket unearthed: Fake Medical College offering fake MBBS, BAMS degrees for Rs 50,000 only
Raipur: In a "medical college" based in Raipur, one can become an MBBS or BAMS just after purchasing degrees for only Rs 50,000 for each certificate. This fake institution under the name Indian Alternative Medical College Education Institute was running since 2013 but was shut down in 2015.
The owner of this fake medical college was recently nabbed by the police after a complaint was filed against him. He was allegedly selling fake certificates of MBBS, BAMS and DAMS degrees.
The accused, identified as Shailendra Kumar Gwarle, used to target mostly unemployed youths from villages and sell forged degrees through his fake institute since 2013. The police found that he would generally charge up to Rs 50,000 for each certificate.
Confirming the arrest to PTI, Raipur Additional Superintendent of Police Prafull Thakur informed that "Gwarle was allegedly operating a fake medical institute named 'Indian Alternative Medical College Education Institute' in Pandri area of Raipur since 2013, but shut it down in 2015,", adding that the institute was not affiliated to any medical university or institution.
His act came to light after a victim, a native of Madhya Pradesh; recently lodged a complaint against him at Civil Lines Police station for providing fake DAMS diploma to him at Rs 40,000
According to the complainant, he had met Gwarle in 2013 at his institute in Raipur through two acquaintances, who had then obtained DAMS diplomas from Gwarle's institute at Rs 45,000 for each. The complainant recently contacted the accused to get DAMS diploma for himself. Accordingly, the accused sold a similar diploma certificate to him at Rs 40,000 on October 6. However, the victim later realised that the document was fake and approached the police.
Police launched a probe and recovered cash of Rs 40,000, a motorcycle, 11 mobile phones and fake degree certificates from the accused, Thakur said, adding that he was later arrested.
"We are gathering more information on the number of fake degrees he had sold to people. We will also approach such degree holders after identifying them to know whether they had any inkling about the fake degrees," he said.
Police suspect that many people could be practising medicine illegally at several places in the state on the basis of fake medical degrees and they are likely to be identified during the probe.