Hyderabad: Cyberabad Police's economic wing busted a land-grabbing gang and arrested eight people for selling plots of innocent people by creating forged documents.

The accused were forging sale deed, Aadhar card, voter id and pan card of original titleholders at Tellapur Village of Ramchandrapuram to sell land of gullible citizens.

In April, Cyberabad's economic wing received a complaint from Arni Raghavendra Prasad stating that his plot measuring 430.56 square yards at Tellapur Residential Complex in Sangareddy district has been encroached upon.

Arni had purchased land in 2007 and enjoyed lawful possession since the date of registration. However, in 2021, Arni noticed that someone had illegally registered the GPA of his plot by impersonation and using a fake Aadhar.

Police later arrested Mukesh Agarwal (42), Md. Wasi Uzzaman alias Irfan (52), Vagmari Nagesh Varma alias Toni (31), Kinjarapu Dilleshwar Rao, Yellareddygari Sanjeeva Reddy (62), Md. Dawood Shariff (36), Md. Abdul Omer (37), Md. Mosin (32), and Dandia Shiva Kumar (36). While Shaik Mansoor, Syed Feroz Ali, Dantham Rajesh Kumar, and Md Pasha are absconding

Police said Mukesh Agarwal and Abdul Omer are into the real estate business. Police said their modus operandi included identifying open plots in their localities, collecting certified copies of the documents from the concerned sub-registrar office, and creating fake sale deeds.

Police have now issued an advisory asking people to remain alert. Police said before purchasing any plot, people should check the encumbrance, original ownership particulars apart from documents."People should contact the original seller of the land, not the mediators. They should speak to the owner regarding the rate and other details before entering into an agreement. Plot owners are also advised to check their plots now and then and erect a boundary wall, if possible. In case of any such fraud or cheating, people are advised to lodge a complaint in the local Police station by Dial 100. People can also reach out to the Economic Offences Wing of Cyberabad through WhatsApp number 94936 25553," police said.

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