Uttarakhand land fraudsters face Gangster Act noose
The frauds include selling the same plot to multiple customers, not conducting the registry of the land after taking the money and showing one plot to a buyer and then conducting registry for some different plot, police said.Updated: Oct 29, 2017 19:55 IST
Police in Haldwani and Rudrapur are initiating a process to slap the Gangster Act on four property dealers and builders who have allegedly indulged in real estate related frauds with their customers.
The frauds include selling the same plot to multiple customers, not conducting the registry of the land after taking the money and showing one plot to a buyer and then conducting registry for some different plot, police said.
In the past three years, about 200 land fraud cases have been registered in the Kumaon region. Now taking cue from the Kumaon, a similar action can be taken in Dehradun, where land frauds have become rampant due to rising real estate prices.
Notably, many consumers in Dehradun too are witnessing similar problems and there are demands for similar action in the capital city.
In view of the rising problems of land frauds in Uttarakhand, a special investigating team (SIT) was set up in August 2014 with the mandate of checking land frauds along with team of police officials and revenue officials who are well versed in land related issues.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Garhwal range) Pushpak Jyoti said the Gangster Act was imposed by the district in which the senior superintendent of police gives the recommendation and the district magistrate approves it.
The gangster act is slapped when the conduct by an offender is of serious nature.
The DIG said since its inception in August 2014, the SIT has analysed around 2,000 complaints of land frauds in the seven districts of Garhwal division with the maximum complaints coming from Dehradun and Haridwar.
Around 500 people have been jailed for various terms for such frauds.
“Strict action can be expected in the coming days on land offenders in cue with the one taken in the Kumaon region, such as the slapping of gangster act and other provision, so that it acts as a deterrent,” he said.
First Published: Oct 29, 2017 19:55 IST