Published On : Thu, May 4th, 2017

One more land grab, extortion offence slapped on Gwalbanshi, his henchmen

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Nagpur: Land mafia Dilip Gwalbanshi and his henchmen continue to keep cops busy as one more offence of land grab and extortion was registered at Koradi Police Station.

The complainant, Saifulla Salimulla Sayyed (60), resident of Plot No. 208, Noor Nagar Mahadula, told police that he own a plot in Khasra No. 110, 111 in Tavakkal Housing Society, Zingabai Takli. On 7.4.2107, he went to his plot for inspection. However, he was accosted and heckled by the accused Dilip Gwalbanshi, Pappu Yadav, Jitu Anthony and their 7-8 accomplices. The accused also threatened to kill him if he dared to come to his plot again. The accused demanded extortion money of Rs 3 lakh from Saifulla if wants to visit his plot again.

Koradi PSI T Meshram, acting on the complaint, has registered a case against all the accused under Sections 141, 143, 341, 352, 357, 34 of the IPC. Further probe is on.

The land shark and his gang is on land grabbing spree and demanding extortions. Currently Gwalbanshi, former corporator Rajesh Mate and their accomplices are under arrest for abetting suicide of 42-year-old Bhupesh Sontakke, who ended his life at a gymnasium at MB Town in October last year. Gwalbanshi and Mate, who deal in plots and land, had apparently threatened Sontakke to transfer land worth crores for only Rs1.50 lakh, by forcing him to sign documents under pressure. It’s learnt that Sontakke had purchased the land from a farmer. Gwalbanshi too wanted the same land, and he had started pressuring Sontakke. As Gwalbanshi had tried to create a hurdle by intimidating the farmer, Sontakke is learnt to have approached the court. Angered by Sontakke’s litigation, Gwalbanshi took help of Mate to threaten Sontakke.

Gwalbanshi and Mate had assured to give Sontakke Rs 10 lakh for the plot if he withdrew from the litigation. Sontakke, who was already in debt, had been after Gwalbanshi and Mate to give him the promised amount but was repeatedly refused. The debt ridden Sontakke opted to end his life by hanging and left behind a suicide note naming Gwalbanshi and Mate. The case was earlier registered as accidental death but now an offence has been registered.

Since then a deluge of complaints have been registered against Gwalbanshi and his gang at various police stations for ‘capturing’ lands of many holders. Gwalbanshi sought extortion amounts from the plot holders for ‘releasing’ their plots.