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Property axe on cheat

- Bistupur shop scam accused home raided

Police on Thursday attached the property of Tisco Friends Co-operative Credit Society’s former secretary Aslam Khan in Bistupur.

Khan, who has his office and residence in the same building on Diagonal Road, has been absconding since his implication in a case of cheating and misappropriation registered with Bistupur police in January this year.

Armed with a warrant from the court of a first-class judicial magistrate, sub-inspector Baiju Singh arrived with his team at Khan’s residence around 10am, when no one except the absconder’s teenaged son was present at home. The attached property included two television sets, a music system, a gas oven, furniture and wall clocks.

Singh later said that the attachment warrant was issued in connection with a complaint lodged against Khan and two others — Santosh Kumar and Abid Ali — by shopkeeper Ashok Khirwal.

According to the complainant, Ali who was the president of the Society in 2010 had sold 200sqft shop space in the co-op building for Rs 12 lakh.

“The deal was for a first floor shop, but Khirwal was given space in the basement, which is earmarked only for parking. Later, some local traders alleged that the building basement was being used for commercial purposes and a JNAC team razed shops including Khirwal’s,” the sub-inspector said.

The shopkeeper approached the accused, but was refused damages. Subsequently, Khirwal filed his complaint in the court of the chief judicial magistrate. First, arrest warrants were issued against the trio and, later, another for attachment of Khan’s property.

Nazir Hussain, the legal adviser of the Society, claimed that Khan, Ali and Kumar had swindled some 25 people of more than Rs 10 crore in a same manner as he cheated Khirwal.

“Ali and Kumar were in jail in connection with another case, but have obtained bail recently,” he added.