Gang forged documents after impersonating deceased landowner

The Madurai Rural Police have retrieved a land belonging to a non-resident-Indian (NRI), the rightful owner, and arrested a real estate broker, who, along with his accomplices, had allegedly effected the sale by forged documents.

Following a complaint from Giridar Manick (45), son of Dhananjayan, the NRI, who hails from Thoraipakkam, Chennai, Superintendent of Police Asra Garg directed the District Crime Branch (DCB) personnel to register a case. According to the petitioner, his father, the late Dhananjayan (died in 2009), owned 3.33 acres of land in Parambupatti near Tirumangalam in Madurai district. Knowing that Dhananjayan was no more, a group of persons, including Jayakumar (40), son of Ganesan, a real estate broker from Kamarajapuram, Madurai, had created fake documents.

Investigations revealed that Jayakumar and his accomplices had, through impersonation, sold the property to M.R. Ramesh, who had subsequently sold it to another person, Ramakrishnan, for Rs. 83 lakh in January 2011.

The property is said to be worth over Rs. 1.50 crore. It came to light that one among the gang had played the role of Dhananjayan and executed the transaction by signing the documents with the sub-registrar office.

Based on the confession of Jayakumar, the police team unravelled the modus operandi. It is likely that some persons who had better working knowledge and had personal details of Dhananjayan had indulged in the crime.

The police arrested Jayakumar. A hunt is on to nab the accomplices. Further investigation is on.

Another case

Four persons, including a woman, were arrested in connection with a land grab complaint. Following a complaint from Ganesan, son of Perumal of Palanganatham, the DCB police registered a case.

Investigations suggested that Davamani (53), son of Thalamuthu, Amaravathi (48), wife of Davamani, Surulimuthu (52), son of Palanimuthu, and Raju (63) son of Parama Thevar, had indulged in the criminal act.

In 1988, when Perumal had died, Davamani and his accomplices had created bogus papers giving an impression that one among the gang was Perumal and that the property measuring 33 cents of land in Sengulam near Tirumangalam was sold in the name of Amaravathi. The value of the property registered was around Rs. 38 lakh.

When Ganesan realised that his father's property had been fraudulently sold by a gang, he preferred a complaint with Mr. Asra Garg. Based on the confessions, the four persons were arrested and further investigation is on.