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The ground reality was no different in the area, in 2008. The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police arrested 15 property dealers who were involved in fraudulently selling properties in south Delhi last year.
“The EOW started a concerted drive against the land mafia, who identify unattended properties and try to grab them using forged papers. Most cases were reported from the Mehrauli and Vasant Kunj areas, where property rates had shot up in recent years,” said KK Vyas, Deputy Commissioner of Police (EOW).
In most cases, the victims were people who did not live in the city but owned a property here. “There were some complaints from people living outside India also,” said Vyas. In December alone, the EOW received seven complaints pertaining to land grabbing.
On the whole, the situation seemed better as, in 2008, the number of offences stood at 756, against 781 in 2007. Altogether 172 economic offenders were arrested in 2008.