Police arrested a man who claimed to have obtained allotment orders of residential flats built by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board at Rajakkoor near here on Friday.
Following a complaint from the Executive Engineer of Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB), Commissioner of Police P. Kannappan directed the police to investigate the case. The investigation was conducted by Assistant Commissioner of Police S. Vellathurai and his team.
According to the officials, the crime came to light when a person from Narimedu approached the TNSCB authorities recently to find out where his house was located in the newly-built apartment campus at Rajakkoor.
Even when the authorities were making enquiries, he produced an ‘allotment order.' Close scrutiny revealed that it was a fake document.
When asked from where he received the allotment order, he pointed his fingers at one Karuthiah Perumal, who in turn claimed he was just acting as a commission agent and that he got it from a person identified as Narasingan of Bharathiar Nagar, P.P. Chavadi in the city.
Police investigations with Narasingan revealed that he had allegedly given the fake allotment order for Rs. 5,000. Based on the confessions, the police realised that so far Karuthiah Perumal had introduced 17 gullible people to Narasingan.
It is yet to be examined whether Narasingan was in possession of more such fake allotment orders or he had procured it from some other source.
Gang behind it
The police officers said that it a big gang might be behind the crime. Cases under IPC Sections 466, 467, 471 among others have been registered. Further investigation is on.