Next time you buy a property off EM Bypass, make sure you have carried out a proper and complete scrutiny and search of the land records and title deeds. For, there are conmen operating in these localities, who dupe customers by selling properties with forged papers.
On Sunday, officials of Jadavpur East Police station arrested Mita Chatterjee, a 51-year-old woman, who has duped 50 customers by forging papers of a plot of land inside the East Santoshpur Co-operative Society in Mukundapur in her name. In the last five months, the woman has made agreements to sell the property to 50 customers against token payments, which means she has duped at least one customer every three days.
“The woman has cheated 50 people and duped people of around Rs 3 crore in the last five months. She has been remanded in police custody till June 25,” said an officer of Jadavpur police station.
The modus operandi was simple. Mita Chatterjee first prepared a forged deed of the property in her name and made a pact with a local broker Chiranjeet Nandy to bring prospective buyers to her. Whenever the duo managed to find a prospective buyer, they used to tell them that the woman needs immediate money for treatment of her ailing mother. They used to offer the customers a rate far lower than the market price and would ask them to enter into an agreement with a token money as soon as possible. All the 50 victims could not resist the offer and entered into an agreement paying a token amount. The woman sought a month’s time to complete the mutation of the property. Within a month she used to take a new number to dupe the next set of clients.
“A month after I made the agreement with the woman, I smelled something fishy. Her cell phone used to remain switched off. I went to her house where we had made the deal but found it under lock and key,” said Tapan Das, one of the victims.
Officials from the Jadavpur police station placed an anonymous ad close to the plot stating that an individual wants to buy land in this locality. The cell phone number of a police officer was mentioned in the advertisement.