Six persons of Salem were arrested by the Namakkal District Land Grabbing Cell Police on Saturday for allegedly forging documents and forcefully grabbing a land owned by K. Krishnammal (70) and her two daughters Kamalam (45) and Gokilam (43), a year ago.

More than 11 acres of land, valued at Rs.5.5 crore, was handed over to the rightful owners.

Officials of the cell said the main accused was Krishnammal's son K. Duraisamy. Krishnammal's husband E. Kulandhaivel Gounder (75) inherited 17.19 acres of ancestral land at Kalyani in Rasipuram taluk of Namakkal. Kulandhaivel Gounder and his son Duraisamy entered into an agreement in August 1979, according to which 5.48 acres would be given to Duraisamy, while Kulandhaivel Gounder would have 11.75 acres.

It was learnt that Duraisamy settled down in Salem and sold his land to Padmaraj in the city in August 1993.

In March 2008, Kulandhaivel made a settlement of his 11.75 acres, with equal share – one third each for his wife and two daughters. In November 2010, Duraisamy claimed that he had a share in half of the 11.75 acres and entered into a sale agreement with Selvam (36) of Salem.

In March this year, Duraisamy gave power of attorney for the land to Paulraj (40) of Salem. It is learnt that the former forged documents and got it registered in Puduchatram, with Jahangir (45), Gansean (50) and Balu (34) of Salem Town as witnesses.

Meanwhile, Krishnammal and her daughters started fighting for their land and were allegedly threatened by Balu and a few others.

Police registered a case, based on a complaint from Krishnaveni to the cell on August 22, this year. Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime) G. Subbulakshmi, Deputy Superintendent of Police of the cell Parameshwaran and Inspector T. Selvam investigated the case. They arrested Duraisamy, Selvam, Paulraj, Jahangir, Gansean and Balu at Salem.

Paulraj and Selvam were arrested because they showed interest in buying the land even after knowing that it did not belong to Duraisamy.

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