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110 people duped of ₹5.72 cr in Mhada scam

Authorities have reportedly received a number of complaints in the past two months

mumbai Updated: May 31, 2018 00:53 IST
Hindustan Times
Mhada,Mhada scam,Real estate scam
The six men involved in the scam are absconding(HT Photo)

The Shivaji Nagar police have registered a case against six persons for cheating close to 110 people to the tune of ₹5.72 crore. Pretending to be Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) officials and officials from the registration department, the gang lured innocent people by offering Mhada flats at very low prices – ranging between ₹5 lakh to ₹15 lakh. They also prepared purportedly-forged documents to win the trust of the victims.

Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Gani Maldar 36, a garment business owner and resident of Shivaji Nagar is one of the victims who had lodged a formal complaint with the local police.

Authorities have reportedly received a number of complaints in the past two months alleging that they have been cheated by a gang of five to six persons.

“In 2016, Maldar was informed by one of his friends about Mhada flats being made available at cheaper rates i.e for less than ₹20 lakh. He then approached the gang and paid them around ₹10 lakh for a flat which they showed him at Natvar Parekh compound in the Shivaji Nagar area,” said a police official.

The accused also used to take the victims to a registration office where they were handed over forged registration papers of the flats. “After we started receiving complaints of cheating, we found that almost 110 people were scammed in this manner by the same gang of six,” said Deepak Pagare, senior police inspector, Shivaji Nagar police station.

“All of the accused are absconding after the registration of offences and we are trying to trace them,” he added, refusing to reveal names of the gang-members.

The six suspects have been booked under sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 34 of the Indian penal code.

First Published: May 31, 2018 00:50 IST