A local realtor, his wife, son and five others have been booked for allegedly defrauding a Moga farmer of Rs 2.1 crore on the promise of getting him to own land in Georgia in the US.
Manjit Singh, a resident of Charil village, complained to the SSP that 18 months ago, Balraj Garg, the owner of real estate companies, Orbis Realty and Bhoomi International, with offices in Sector 34-A Chandigarh, organised seminars in Punjab, luring farmers into buying agricultural land at cheap rates at Georgia.
"In March 2012, Garg promised me that if I will buy agriculture land at Rs 75,000 per acre in Georgia, my family can get a permanent visa of Georgia. I sold my 4 acres at Rs 70 lakh an acre and gave Rs 2 crore 10 lakh to him to buy the land. We reached Georgia in June 2012 and were shocked to know that the agent had purchased land in his name," Manjit Singh said.
SSP Surjit Singh Grewal said, "I formed a SIT to look into the complaint. Investigation officer (IO) Rajvir Singh reported that that Orbis Realty and Bhoomi International had cheated farmers. The money was not returned even after repeated requests by Manjit to Garg."
Garg's manager Preet and assistant Natish, have also been booked. The companies have their offices at Sector 34-A Chandigarh.
Avtar Singh of Maudia in district Fatehgarh Sahib, Tersem Singh Matharu and Sukhjinder Singh have also been booked.
The SSP added that a special team had been formed under an SP to nab the suspects.