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Caught: R.S. Praveen Kumar, DCP (Cyber Crime) presenting fraudsters nabbed after the launch of
Caught: R.S. Praveen Kumar, DCP (Cyber Crime) presenting fraudsters nabbed after the launch of "hyderabadpolice.gov.in" website on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

A group of students sends an alert to Crime Buster link

Satyanarayana pockets Rs. 70 lakh through illegal sale of land

Land belonged to a dead woman; four more persons arrested

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad police website has begun yielding positive results.

An alert sent by a group of students to the Crime Buster link on the website within three hours of its launch helped police on Saturday nab P. Satyanarayana, who allegedly made Rs. 70 lakh by selling a dead woman’s plot using fictitious documents, and four of his associates.

Among the arrested were Gajendra Kumar, son of late Shakuntala Bai whose property was fraudulently sold and Shyamala, an octogenarian junior film artiste who impersonated the dead woman, said Detective Department DCP, R.S. Praveen Kumar at a press conference. Police also arrested Ravi for allegedly aiding Satyanarayana by preparing fake voter identity and ration cards and Rajeswari for signing as witness on documents falsely confirming Shyamala as Shakuntala Bai.

The prime accused, also a junior film artiste, plotted to make money by selling 400 square yards of open land at Gandhinagar belonging to Shakuntala Bai, who died in 1991. He roped in Kumar and offered him Rs. 2 lakh for ‘helping’ him. At his instance, Kumar allegedly stole the property document from the house of his sister.

He paid a few thousands to Shyamala for impersonation and got a General Power of Attorney for the property made in his name. Then, he approached a builder Murali Krishna offering to sell the land.

However, the builder’s counsel suggested that the plot can be bought only if the seller had its registered documents.

This time, Satyanarayana got the documents in his name in the form of gift deed with the help of Shyamala. Subsequently, he sold the plot to the builder and made Rs. 70 lakh. Ravi prepared fake identity cards while Rajeswari acted as witness to the illegal transactions.

Defaulter

Meanwhile, a government employee, K. Anantalaxmi, too approached the police alleging that Satyanarayana duped her to the tune of Rs. 20 lakh a few years ago. She maintained that he approached her in 1996 requesting her to act as surety for a Rs. 8 lakh bank loan. “In good faith, I signed the papers but had to sell my property to clear the loan since he defaulted payment,” she alleged.


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