Hyderabad: Rachakonda police detained a man, who grabbed vacant lands illegally and sold them as residential plots under the banner ‘Green City’ at Toopranpet in Hyderabad.

The prime accused, Aenugu Madhava Reddy, has been into real estate business for the last 20 years, said the police. He, with Paridham Sekhar, Paridham Suresh, Pedapudi Naresh and Akula Srikanth, chalked out a plan to earn easy money, revealed the investigation. The other four accused have also been arrested.

During interrogation, Reddy said that they were well-acquainted with the layouts in Toopranpet and land under Choutuppal limits. They found plots lying vacant for a long period and obtained the certified copies of the same from the sub-registrar office.

Fake PAN and Aadhaar cards were made by Peddapudi Naresh and later, they registered the identified plots in their names by impersonating original owners. Afterwards, they sold the land to individuals at a higher price.

The accused made the buyers believe that the link documents were under mortgage and will give them once the registration process was done. After a few months, the victims would understand that they were cheated and then question the accused, who would threaten them or just try to prolong the process.

The investigation also revealed that the gang were also having contact with Kanuri Annapurna, who also does real estate business in the said venture, and also with the employees of Green City venture.

The gang was into the shady deals since 2016 and till now, they had manipulated seven such transactions involving forgery and impersonation.

The Choutuppal police seized seized fake sale deed documents pertaining to seven plots measuring 1,600 sq. yards, Rs 7,00,000 cash and two cars from the gang members.

Madhava Reddy has been lodged in the district jail of Nalgonda.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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