Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Thoraipakkam police have registered a case against a woman and her associates who encroached upon 20 acres of government land worth about Rs.200 crore on Rajiv Gandhi Salai (formerly Old Mahabalipuram Road) and allotted it to over 100 prospective buyers as housing plots.

According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (Thoraipakkam) K.N. Murali, Leena of Palavakkam formed the Private Drivers’ Wives Association and made an application before the District Collector of Kancheepuram for allotment of the 20-acre plot near Jain College to the association. The plea was rejected and Revenue authorities raised a compound wall around the property that was classified as ‘punjai’ land.

When the Village Administrative Officer and others were busy with the elections, Leena and others illegally encroached upon the premises after damaging the compound wall. Based on a complaint lodged by Deputy Tahsildar Gnanasekharan, a case was registered. A special team formed to investigate the case arrested Leena’s son J.Pradip (33) of Palavakkam and five others. District Revenue Officer Nambirajan visited the site and removed the encroachment.

“…A layout was prepared for the purpose of cheating aspiring buyers. The quantum of amount received by Leena is under investigation. She is absconding…” Mr.Murali said. Those arrested were produced in a court at Alandur and remanded to judicial custody, he added.