The police arrested a former Village Administrative Officer of Vilavancode taluk for selling a government land to a private party in the year 2005 on Friday.

According to police sources, the tahisldar of Vilavancode taluk supply office, Ayyappan, lodged a complaint with Superintendent of Police Pravesh Kumar that the then VAO, Somasundralingam, belonging to the West Street of Agastheeswaram transferred 62.38 acres of government land to a private party in Mancaude village in the year 2005 after altering the government register.

A case had already been registered against the former VAO by the district crime branch police and they arrested him on Friday. The police are further investigating.