A south Calcutta promoter has been arrested for selling the same flat to two customers, a charge for which a non-bailable arrest warrant had been pending against him for the past three years.
Police sources said Indranath Mandal, 52, had been picked up on Wednesday night on the basis of a complaint lodged by Kalpana Das, a resident of Jessore Road in north Calcutta, in 2008.
“According to the complaint, Mandal had taken Rs 4 lakh from Kalpana and her husband in 2007 to sell them a flat on Naktala Road. But he never delivered the flat,” said an officer of Charu Market police station.
“A probe revealed that Mandal, a resident of Tollygunge Road, had also taken Rs 5 lakh as an advance payment for the same flat from another customer,” the officer said.
The Das couple contacted Mandal in 2007 after seeing an advertisement in a newspaper for a 700sq ft flat on the first floor of a four-storeyed building on the southern fringes.
As asked by the promoter, they paid him Rs 4 lakh, of which Rs 3.75 lakh was taken as loan from a private bank. Mandal promised them to hand over the flat in a few months.
He allegedly failed to deliver and kept pleading for time. “After a year, the promoter told them that he could not give them the flat and also refused to refund the money,” said an officer.
The couple then lodged a complaint against Mandal with Charu Market police station.
“While probing the complaint, we came to know that Mandal had received Rs 5 lakh as advance payment for the plat from a customer in Regent Park. A complaint was lodged against him with Jadavpur police station,” the officer said.
Mandal has been remanded in police custody till April 11.
Firing arrest: Police arrested Ramakant Upadhyay, 41, on Thursday in connection with the Bentinck Street firing on March 27 night. Police sources said Upadhyay, a Howrah resident, had paid Tanveer on behalf of Munna Singh, the mastermind, to threaten the tenants away from the building at 26 Bentinck Street.