This plot is right out of Bollywood. Real-life villains are after the ancestral land of film hero Dharmendra.
In five decades of his reel life, the Bollywood “He Man” never let the land mafia win. In real life now, the baddies have tried to sell off portions of the actor's ancestral house at Ajit Nagar in Ludhiana.
On Monday night, neighbours thwarted an attempt to grab the actor’s property. Dharmendra had met the neighbours during his last visit to the city in December.
Dharmendra's friend Ghan Shayam Lottey, who looks after the property, lodged a complaint with the police and informed the actor in Mumbai.
The accused, including one named Abdul Khadus, are absconding, said the police.
“The accused had, prima facie, forged signatures and other records to prepare documents to show they had purchased the property from Lottey, whom Dharmendra had given the power of attorney,” said Haibowal station house officer Gurpreet Singh.
Dharmendra has contacted senior police officers in Punjab and denied having sold the property to anyone named Abdul.
In August 2007 too, the mafia had tried to grab the actor's ancestral farm at Dango, 20 km from Ludhiana. Dharmendra’s cousins had then protected it without any help from the police.
Dharmendra’s family owns properties at Dango, Sahnewal and Ajit Nagar in Ludhiana district.
For decades, the property was “unattended”, for the actor's family was living in Mumbai. He visited Ludhiana many times in that period, but never for more than a few hours at night.