Aman Sharma, felt very proud of being able to own a plot in Sector-67, Gurgaon. But that was until he realised that there were four other owners for the same plot.
The Gurgaon police on Wednesday busted a gang of six that was illegally selling the same property to many over the years.
Police said the mastermind of the gang — a woman named Bunty — posed as the landowner and sold the same plot to several people and duped them for crores of rupees. The other arrested are Arsad, Aslam — both residents of Mewat — Satyender and Vikram — both residents of Faridabad. A sixth accused, Mohammad Hussain from Mewat, is absconding.
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Police said the one-acre plot is located next to Ansal Developers. Police said it was reportedly owned by a woman named Rukmini Devi, a resident of Delhi. During investigation, police found that the gang used a forged documents to sell the plot to several people.
The Gurgaon police had registered a case against Rukmini Devi in 2009 after a buyer named Bhagat Singh alleged that she had duped him of Rs 60 lakh over the same plot. Since then, police have not been able to trace the real owner. “Even though on the certified registry, Rukmini Devi is the owner and the address given is that of a house in Delhi, it is non-existent. The actual owner is untraceable. We do not even know if the owner is dead or alive,” the investigating officer said.
“The registry certificate of the land, voter ID cards and ration card have been forged and the details are that of Thane, Mumbai,” a senior police officer said.
The incident came to the fore recently when one of the “buyers”, Aman Sharma, got suspicious after the gang started demanding a part payment’ even before the deal was finalised.
Sharma paid Rs 10 lakh as advance and the deal was finalised for Rs 7 crore. “When Sharma went went to the Tehsildaar’s office to check the registry of land, he found out the registry certificate given to him was not matching with the certificate there,”a police officer said.
“The met the gang for the first time last month. The woman who posed as Rukmini Devi told me that this plot was gifted to her by her father and she wanted to sell it. This first point of suspicion was when these people refused to accept cheques and asked for cash. During all the dealing, they never met at the location. I and my brother were always called to some hotel, the last one being a hotel in Sector-5, Gurgaon,” Sharma said.
When Sharma tried to recheck the certificate with the gang members, they refused and instead told Sharma that they would return the advance amount and he could forget all about the deal, police said.
“During investigation, we came to know that the woman told buyers that she was shifting to Mumbai and that was why she was selling off the land,”the officer said. Police said Arsad and Aslam would forge documents while Satyender and Vikram lured buyers.
Rajesh Kumar, ACP (Crime), said, “This gang had already sold the land to several people and duped them for crores. Our teams are trying to to find out who the real owner of the land is.”