Hyderabad: 12 held for using fake documents to sell land

Around 21 persons are involved in the fraud: Cops.

Hyderabad: The Cyberabad police arrested twelve persons for forging documents for government lands in Gagillapur, Dundigal and selling the same to innocent investors for quick money. Nine other accused are still absconding, and the police are on the job to nab them at the earliest.

Dundigal Mandal Revenue Officer E. Mallaiah on Monday lodged a complaint with the Dundigal police stating that some persons were carrying out illegal construction on several government lands in Gagillapur, Dundigal. Upon inspection, it was found that forged documents were used to sell the lands as plots to innocent investors.

The police registered a case under sections 420, 447, 427, 468 and 471 of the IPC for the investigation and then inspected survey no 214 in Gagillapur.

Dundigal inspector A. Venkatesham said that around 21 persons were involved in the fraud, including some masons who had continued to carry out construction activities despite repeated intimations by revenue authorities that the lands belonged to the government. Inquiries with the local revenue authorities and verification of the land documents proved that the lands did belong to the government and that the accused had created fake documents to sell the same to the public, he said.

The innocent victims kept approaching revenue officials seeking their permission to allow construction on the lands that they had purchased. “The accused persons assured their victims that they would construct houses and rooms on the lands, which were actually reserved for public amenities including laying of drainage and graveyard,” the inspector said.

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