Two property dealers arrested for fraudulently selling 578 acres of village common land

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Tuesday arrested two property dealers Rabbi Singh and Banarsi Das for tampering and fabrication of the revenue record regarding mutation of approximately 578 acres (4,624 Kanals) of village common land of Majrian in SAS Nagar district in connivance with the officials of Revenue Department.

Disclosing this here a spokesperson of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) said that after verification of complaint number 370 of 2019 SAS Nagar related to the fabrication and tampering of revenue record of Village Majrian, Tehsil Kharar, an FIR was registered against the officials of Revenue Department and private persons dealing as  property dealers.

He informed that during the investigation, Economic Offence Wing of VB found that the tampering and fabrication in the revenue record regarding mutation (Iintkal) was done under no: 3159 dated 21.05.2004 which was filed by the villagers of the village Majri for division of their respective land, of which they were actual owners as per mutation no: 2026 dated 07.05.1991 by the then consolidation officer, Mohali.

The accused property dealers in conniving with revenue officials have fraudulently managed to alter the mutation of village land in which the 14 persons were shown as owners of the land measuring 558 Acres (4464 Kanals) of village Majri.

It has come to light that out of these 14 persons, 12 were totally bogus. They are neither the owners, residents of village Majri nor the cultivators of that land. Rest 2 persons are residents of Village Majri and owner of some land in question, but their shares had been increased from their actual shares by the accused revenue officials. Apart from this, on 18.06.2014 and on 19.06.2014, approx. 578 acres (4624 Kanals) of land had been transferred fraudulently to persons who were actually not the owners of the land.

The spokesperson further informed that on the basis of investigation of the above said case the VB has arrested accused property dealers namely Rabbi Singh and Banarsi Das. The police remand of both the accused would be taken from the concerned court for further investigating the case.

The accused Rabbi Singh was responsible for procuring General Power of Attorney (GPA) of land measuring 69.68 Acres (557 Kanals) in name of one fake person namely Amrik Singh and further sold approximately 42 acres (336.5 Kanals) land to different persons on the basis of this G.P.A.

The second accused Banarsi Das sold approximately 53 acres of land (424 Kanals) to different persons on the basis of a fake mutation of transfer of land to Dharampal. The accused Banarsi Das was never the actual owner of the sold land, which is shown in the name of Dharmpal in the revenue record. He informed that further investigations are in progress in this regard.