|Bhola Sao and (right) Dilip Sao at Jakkanpur police station on Tuesday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey
Two brothers were picked up on Tuesday for duping several people by selling land with forged documents over the last three years.
According to Jakkanpur police station house officer Arjun Lal, the two brothers — Bhola Sao and Dilip Sao — have made several crores out of the forged land deals.
Lal added that the two brothers had a set modus operandi under which they used to show sold plots to different persons. After showing the plot to gullible customers, Bhola and Dilip also used to show forged land documents as “proof” to the customers. Once they knew that the customers were satisfied with their deal, the two brothers used to demand advance payment. Once the payment was made, the two brothers started maintaining a distance from their customers by even not answering their phone calls. Also, they frequently used to change their cellphone numbers to avoid their customers. In the last two months, the two brothers have changed 19 SIMs.
Lal said: “The two brothers in the past three years have duped almost 40 people of more than Rs 3 crore.”
The two brothers, who used to live a modest life three years ago in a single room at Kankerbagh, now own property worth crores. At the Kurthol area, the duo have a house valued at more than Rs 1.5 crore. At Visheshwarya Nagar, they own a flat at Lalit Apartment, which is valued at more than Rs 1 crore.
A police officer said: “By looking at the living standards of the duo and seeing their house at Kurthol and Lalit Apartment, no one can ever imagine that they are conmen.” The officer added that many people, by just witnessing the living standards of Bhola and Dilip, gave them advance payment.
The police said preliminary investigation revealed that the duo have taken money from different persons. An officer said: “A resident of Patrakar Nagar had given Rs 30 lakh for purchase of a plot of land at Lalganj (Vaishali). Similarly, a resident of Kankerbagh has given Rs 6.5 lakh for purchasing a plot of land at Parsa Bazar while from a resident of Jehanabad, the Sao brothers took Rs 26 lakh for a plot in Masaurhi.”
The police first received a complaint against the two brothers a couple of months ago from a resident of Jakkanpur.
Several raids were conducted at their houses at Kurthol and Lalit Apartment but they managed to escape every time.