Bengaluru: Gang of 5 sells land for ₹35 lakh; arrested for fraud, forgery

The fraud came to light when a relative of the landowner saw unsanctioned activity taking place there and contacted the police.

ByDeeksha Devadiga

Published Jun 09, 2022 | 3:15 PM Updated Jul 21, 2022 | 12:37 PM

Police arrest a Nepali couple for their involvement Kukatpally theft case. [Representational Image]

The Bengaluru City Police have arrested a gang of five people, including a woman, for alleged fraud as they sold a site not belonging to them for ₹35 lakh using forged documents.

The police have identified the accused as Shantharaju R (43), Renu Gopal M alias K Venu Gopal (49), Shankar alias T Nagaraja (44), M Prakash (50), and Gowramma alias T Jayalakshmi (48)

They said all the accused are residents of Bengaluru.

According to the police, the plot of land in Shri Sai Layout in the Vidyaranyapura area of the city belongs to one Karthik BS, who bought it from a certain Dr N Giri and his wife in 2015.

It has been lying vacant since then.

Modus operandi

Main accused M Prakash (Supplied)

Prakash, the main accused, is an auto consultant by profession who looked for empty sites and collected information on them from neighbours.

He came across this plot of land and hatched a plan to commit fraud, said the police.

They claimed he forged property papers and created fake Aadhaar cards, PAN cards, and other documents to that end.

He then hired Nagaraja and Jayalakshmi to pose as owners of the land, said the cops.

The gang reportedly registered the property in K Venu Gopal’s name through a gift deed on 6 June, 2016.

They then fraudulently sold the property to Bhaskar B on 7 June, 2019, who — unaware of the crime — sold it to V Munilaxman and N Khushal in September 2020.

Fraud comes to light

The fraud came to light when owner Karthik’s brother-in-law visited the site and saw some work being done there, even though Karthik had not commissioned anything of the sort.

He proceeded to file a complaint at the Vidyaranya Police Station in this regard.

Investigations resulting from that complaint brought to light not only this fraud but also that Renu Gopal, going by the name Venu Gopal, had in another instance forged documents and sold a site in Kengeri.

The police have registered a case under IPC Sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) in this regard.