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Special Investigation Team makes second arrest in land grab cases

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Staff Reporter

Panaji

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Goa police, which is probing the multi-crore land scam, arrested second accused Mohammed Suhail on Wednesday.

According to the police, the 45-year-old Suhail is one of the kingpins in the illegal land transfers wherein fake or forged documents such as Portuguese/Indian were prepared on sale deeds/notarial deeds.

The accused Suhail is a resident of St Inez, Panaji, and is from Chitradurga in Karnataka, informed police adding that he was earlier involved in three land grabbing cases, one registered at the Porvorim police station in 2013 and two cases registered at the economic offences cell of the Goa police in 2014. These cases have been chargesheeted and are pending trial.

Police said the accused has confessed to being involved in several cases of land transfer/grabbing.

Probing two such cases, the Special Investigation Team had arrested one accused Vikrant Shetty last week. In one of the first information reports (FIRs) registered, the police had booked Shetty, along with the then director of Archives, Panaji, then mamlatdar of Bardez, then sub-registrar of Bardez and other individuals.

As per the Special Investigation Team, the ongoing investigation has revealed that at least 70 properties worth around `1,000 crore in North Goa district were transferred in the names of prospective buyers by way of forged documents. The investigation has revealed that the original documents of such properties for preparing the forged documents were obtained by the land grabbing gang from the offices of the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology and the Civil Registrar Cum Sub-Registrar.

The state government had constituted the Special Investigation Team to investigate various complaints and FIRs filed with regard to land frauds and land grabbing committed by forging documents. According to the order, which was issued by the Home Department, Superintendent of Police (crime branch) Nidhin Valsan, Deputy Collector (South Goa) Snehal Prabhu, Deputy Superintendent of Police Braz Menezes, police inspector Satish Gaude, police inspector (IRB) Nilesh Shirodkar, a representative of the Department of Archaeology and a representative of the state registrar are the members of the Special Investigation Team.

Considering the nature of the mega land scam, an additional 22 policemen have been assigned to the Special Investigation Team so that a thorough investigation is conducted and the matter is taken to its logical
conclusion.