Scholarships scam accused arrested

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Jul 27: The two accused in allegedly cheating hundreds of students under the ‘umbrella scheme of pre- and post-matric scholarship’, Hillang Nima and Choki Raja, surrendered before the police on Friday.
Superintendent of Police M Harsha Vardhan said the duo surrendered as there was a warrant issued against them and constant raids were being conducted on their acquaintances.
The two are currently being interrogated on the sequence of events and, more importantly, on how many forms they had filled. Both are in custody at the Naharlagun police station.
“One thing that is clear from the interrogation so far is that they had no authority to collect money and fill up the forms. They acted like middlemen,” the SP said.
Nima and Raja were allegedly involved in holding counselling sessions across secondary and higher secondary schools of the capital complex, and reportedly collected Rs 500 each from hundreds of thousands of students, with the assurance of filling up and submitting their scholarship forms.
However, the students came out protesting after their names were not found in either the ‘accepted’ or the ‘rejected’ list, showing that their forms had never been submitted in the first place.
The students also filed an FIR against M/s Yarkum Enterprise, through which Nima and Raja allegedly duped them into paying money for the form submission.