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Man held for making 5,600 duplicate land passbooks

Man held for making 5,600 duplicate land passbooks
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In a huge scam involving creation of duplicate land passbooks, the district police of Jogulamba Gadwal arrested a man, Jangam Karunakar, and seized...

Gadwal: In a huge scam involving creation of duplicate land passbooks, the district police of Jogulamba Gadwal arrested a man, Jangam Karunakar, and seized 5,600 duplicate land passbooks from his possession.

According to district SP Vijaykumar, based on a tip-off given by a practising advocate Suresh Kumar, the district police have formed three teams and began investigation in KT Doddi, Gattu and Dharur mandals in the district and unearthed a huge cache of duplicate land passbooks.

“Based on a tip off given, we had formed three teams and carried out investigation for more than 15 days before we could unearth a huge scam involving duplicate land passbooks. We have taken Jangam Karunakar into custody and questioning him to get more inputs,” informed the Superintendent of Police.

The issue of duplicate land passbooks came to light when Suresh, who surprisingly found that the 9.34 acres of land in his name was illegally registered in the name of another person named Ramapuram Mogaliah of KT Doddi mandal and petitioned in the local court that Mogaliah was possessing duplicate passbook with forged signatures of Mandal Revenue officials.

Based on the direction by the local court, the district police began the investigation and took. Mogaliah into custody. Upon investigation, it is revealed that the forged duplicate passbooks were obtained from Jangam Karunakar of Chagadoni village from Gattu mandal.

“Based on the information given, we raided the house of Karunakar and seized about 5,600 duplicate passbooks from his possession. We suspect that there are at least 2,000 people involved in this huge scam. Very soon we will come out with all the details and arrest all those involved,” informed Srinivas, SI Gadwal, who is investigating the case.

During the investigation, it is revealed that Karunakar got the duplicate land passbooks printed from Gasag town in Karnataka State. Later, he used to forge the signatures of RDO, MRO, Sub-Registrar and other revenue officials and finally sold the new duplicate passbooks to farmers at Rs 1,000-1,500.

Using these duplicate passbooks, many farmers took agriculture loans from the banks by duping the bank officials.

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