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Negligence, lack of verification behind increase in land frauds in Doon: Police

In the past one month, there have been at least four-five cases of land related frauds in Dehradun. In a few cases, victims were elderly couples whose land was acquired by the accused using forged documents

dehradun Updated: Aug 07, 2018 22:16 IST
Kalyan Das
Kalyan Das
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
People should be more cautious while doing any property deal, say police. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

In the past one month, there have been at least four-five cases of land related frauds in Dehradun. In a few cases, victims were elderly couples whose land was acquired by the accused using forged documents.

Police, which has now increased its focus on investigating such cases, say the main reason behind land related frauds was negligence on victims’ side in verification of the land or property before any deal.

In one such incidents, 61-yer-old Surjit Singh, a resident of Clement Town, lodged a complaint on July 31 after he found that two men illegally acquired his plot located at Subhash Nagar area.

Singh, who had bought the plot in 2001, found on July 31 that two people have dumped building material on his plot. When confronted, the two showed him documents stating they bought the plot in 2003.

Police, later, arrested the two who during interrogation confessed to acquire the land using forged documents after seeing the owner hardly visits the plot.

In another incident, Kunwar Singh, 52, lodged a complaint on July 14 in Prem Nagar police station in which he stated that an unidentified accused sold his plot in Suddhowala area by disguising himself as him. After registering a case, police arrested the accused on July 25.

In a similar case, Vibhor Goyal lodged a complaint on July 29 in Kotwali police station against three men for selling his land to another man while the possession was with him. During the investigation, it was found that the three accused forged documents and sold the land.

Speaking on the issue, a city-based property dealer, who identified himself only by his first name Gurpreet, said most land related frauds were happening as brokers indulge into get some easy money by duping customers.

“One should be cautious before relying on what his property dealer of seller is saying. But most of them don’t do that only to regret later after losing their money. Because of such handful property-brokers others are getting a bad name with lack of trust from buyers,” he said.

Deputy inspector general (Garhwal range) Ajay Rautela, who after taking the charge had claimed that one of his main focus would on the land-related cases, said: “People should be more cautious while doing any property deal and do proper verifications.”

“Many people don’t do registry of the land but do the deal on stamp-paper which should never be done. Also, before buying any land one should check the land with the local revenue officer and other authorities concerned,” said Rautela.

He added: “Police with its enhanced focus on land-disputes have now speed-up the investigations of such cases which were many times neglected. The investigations are now being monitored by an additional superintendent of police level officer.”

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 22:16 IST