A farmhouse in Ladnu area of Nagaur district, where fugitive gangster Anandpal Singh’s escape plan was allegedly hatched, was attached by the government on Monday. The farmhouse, spread over 1.74 lakh sq feet on Nimbhi road, purportedly belongs to Anandpal and was purchased by him in the name of Sita Devi, wife of one of his associates.
The action comes on the heels of the arrest of his two close associates Mahipal Singh and Azad Singh from Udaipur and Haryana.
Inspector general of Ajmer Range, Malini Agarwal, told HT that the farmhouse was the “crime capital” of the fugitive. “During interrogation Anandpal’s close aide, Hanuman Singh Gogamedi, had told police that this farmhouse was used by (the gang) to torture people who were brought there after kidnapping and did not toe the gang’s diktat,” Agarwal said. Gogamedi also revealed that the planning of Anandpal’s escape from police and several murders and kidnappings were executed in the house.
According to police, the farmhouse was equipped with all modern amenities. “It is well fortified building fitted with CCTV cameras so that Anandpal could keep an eye on whoever entered the house. We have also found a 6-foot-long and 4-foot-wide cage in the basement of the house that was allegedly used to keep kidnapped people,” said Nagaur’s additional SP Dhayan Chand Yadav.
Around 10.30am a police team, led by sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), reached the farmhouse and pasted a notice declaring the farmhouse to be a government property. Ladnu station house officer has been appointed the receiver of the farmhouse.
Yadav said the property was usurped by Anandpal and his gang by threatening people. “So far, we have attached 39.61 lakh sq ft of benami, immovable property belonging to Anandpal – 34.90 lakh sq ft in Nagaur district and 4.7 lakh sq ft in Churu district,” said Yadav.
It is the third benami property of the gangster that was attached by the government after the gang opened fire on a police patrol team at Anandpal’s native village in Sawarda Kala on July 22. Station house officer of Jaswantgarh police station, Ladu Singh, was critically injured after being hit by three bullets.
On July 27, the police attached 33.15 lakh sq ft benami property of Anandpal in Ladnu. Later, on August 3, 4.1 lakh sq ft of land registered in the name of the gangster’s aide in Ghantiyal village of Churu district was attached.
“We have unearthed several benami properties belonging to the gang… All these properties have been acquired by them through illegal financial resources. To break the gang it is essential to snap their financial resources,” said Parish Anil Deshmukh, SP Nagaur.