Land fraud: Four arrested

It was a shocker for 60-year-old Sheela Oliver Haeem,a resident of Pune Camp,when the Pune police contacted her to inform that the five gunthas of land she owns in Mundhwa was sold off by racketeers,including some real estate agents,about one-and-a-half year ago,for Rs 16 lakh in October 2007.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: February 20, 2009 1:41 am

It was a shocker for 60-year-old Sheela Oliver Haeem,a resident of Pune Camp,when the Pune police contacted her to inform that the five gunthas of land she owns in Mundhwa was sold off by racketeers,including some real estate agents,about one-and-a-half year ago,for Rs 16 lakh in October 2007. She had purchased the land in 1992.

Acting on a tip-off,a team of Anti Extortion Cell of Pune police crime branch led by assistant inspector Chandrakant Thakur busted a racket including some real estate agents involved in selling Haeem’s land by preparing bogus power of attorney (PoA) documents.

The crime branch has so far arrested four persons including two real estate agents Sagar Avinash Kodre (26) and Kishor Vishnu Dhayarkar (23),both from Mundhwa,a lady identified as Brajbala Chaturvedi (55) of Defence Colony in Wanavdi and Govind Bhanudas Ghadge (38) of Ghorpadi gaon. Search has been launched for an accomplice Amol Rajput of Ghorpadi.

According to the police,the fraudsters Dhayarkar,Kodre and Ghadge allegedly gave money to Chaturvedi to be present in the guise of Haeem at the sub-registrar’s office in Hadapsar on October 23,2007. The police said that Chaturvedi made fake signatures of Haeem at sub-registrar’s office to obtain the bogus PoA. Dhayarkar and Kodre then sold Haeem’s land to a third person for Rs 16 lakh. The suspect Rajput was present as a witness for this deal. Assistant inspector Thakur is investigating further.

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