Vizag NRIs duped by Physics lecturer to the tune of Rs1.5 crore

Visakhapatnam: Officials of Crime Investigation Department (CID), Vizag regional office arrested a man for duping NRIs and owners of some educational institutes to the tune of Rs1.65 crore.

The accused B. Ajith Kumar Reddy, 41, alias Sanjay Kumar Gurade was a physics lecturer at a private junior college in Vizag city between 2016 and 2018. He befriended some NRIs and owners of a few junior colleges during his stay in Vizag city and marketed himself as an expert in Robotics. He had told them that he had pursued his MS in the subject in the USA.

During the course of time, he told them that he is working on a project called STEM education. STEM education is known for its focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is a relatively new term in the Indian education sector. STEM education connects students with the classroom and the world around them. Trusting him, a few people invested in the project expecting that it would help expand their college brand and their students would benefit. However on December 8, 2018 Sanjay fled from Vizag.

Shyam Venkata Appala, an NRI staying in the USA approached the city police and lodged a complaint against Sanjay citing that he and his friends had invested Rs 1.65 crore in Sanjay’s Stem Education project.

The city police transferred the case to the CID, Vizag. Based on information received, on October 1, 2019, the CID officials nabbed Sanjay at LB Nagar in Hyderabad. He was brought to Vizag city on October 2 and sent to judicial custody.

A CID officer said, “Our investigations revealed that Sanjay’s real name is B. Ajith Kumar Reddy and he is a native of Hanumakonda in Warangal, Telangana state. Sanjay alias Ajith is a BSc and B.Tech graduate and was addicted to a lavish lifestyle. He had started the Sri Vasista classes near Rama talkies in Vizag and the Sri Sanjivini IIT and Medical Academy in Vizag.”

We suspect Sanjay might have duped many more people and are investigating to know the exact number of victims and the amount that has been defrauded, the CID officer said.

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