Archive for February, 2008

LAND GRABBING – A BIG MENACE in Chennai Suburbs — PART 1

February 24, 2008

The Central Crime Branch (CCB), a wing of the Chennai Police, had recovered 296.50 acres of grabbed land valued at Rs.269 crore from persons who had allegedly taken possession by using force or other means is a proof of the growing menace. The factual statistics is that of between July 2006 and June 2007. Much more complaints are being registered by the police department.

Normally, land grabbing is done by anti-socials who come to know that the real owners are away or settled abroad for a long time and nobody to take care of the property. They first indulge in encroachment to see whether any objections or checking is done by the property owners and if found comfortable settle themselves and subsequently sell at hefty prices by posing themselves as owners.
Another way of grabbing is done by the local indecent brokers. When a genuine owner wants to sell the property, a copy of the document given to the broker is misused and a breach of trust is committed. With the connivance of few insiders in the sub-registrar office they forge the document and the sale deed got registered.

There are instances where a tenant created specific power of attorney and executed the sale deed on the house where he lived for years as though he was the real owner. Another instance being a gang created a fake death certificate and based on that a fake legal heir certificate is issued which was used to fabricate the ancestral property and was sold without the knowledge of real owners. Even the legal advisors are unaware as they go only by the papers which are sequentially done.

We, the land owners, are also to be blamed for allowing such transactions due to our negligence. It is not worth owning properties without constant monitoring. At the same time, many NRIs are helpless in this aspect as they have to depend on their relatives or friends for constant watch of their properties. Practically, it is difficult for the fact that the relatives envy or eye the same for them. With friends, it may be an embarrassment for both the parties.

Here we are, to combat this menace in a very transparent, genuine and safety way, to take care of your property with vigilance and uptodate reporting to heave a sigh of relief.

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