ACP-2 Rajnish Verma said the two accused would give money to the junior staff like the sweepers of the colleges to arrange the meetings on the campus.
“During the real counselling sessions, the date and timing would be informed to the accused beforehand,” additional DCP (Noida) Ranvijay Singh said.
“If the session got over around 1.30 pm, the accused would sneak into the college using their links around 1.45-2 pm on the pretext of the meeting with the officials and then would meet their potential victims pretending to be the dean or principal,” he said.
“The accused would then demand money anywhere between Rs 50-60 lakh for the admission of the students who could not qualify the NEET exam through the dean’s or management quota,” Singh added.
At times, the accused would claim that the dean or the principal of the college was very busy and he could only meet the targets for five minutes while walking inside the college premises and not in office, ACP-2 Verma said. “One complainant from Noida was made to meet a ‘dean’ in Motilal Nehru College, Allahabad.”
Verma said the accused — Pankaj Kumar Khatik, Adarsh and Sachin — were merely pawns. “The two persons whose identities are yet to be revealed are the masterminds,” he added.
Noida police say that they have already contacted the officials of the medical colleges. “We contacted them but they have denied any information about the movement of the accused inside their premises,” additional DCP (Noida) Singh said.