CUTTACK: Commissionerate Police on Tuesday arrested Managing Director (MD) of Mahanadi Vihar-based real estate firm Basundhara Land and Developer Pvt Ltd and her director husband for allegedly duping customers to the tune of more than `one crore.
Acting on a complaint filed by an ex-serviceman Niranjan Swain of Ukusahi under Tirtol block of Jagatsinghpur district, Chauliaganj police on Tuesday arrested the duo Damayanti Nayak and Kishore Jena from an apartment at Saheed Nagar in Bhubaneswar.
Swain had alleged that the duo had swindled more than `12 lakh from him in the name of providing a plot at Rokat in Patia of Bhubaneswar. He had reportedly been convinced by a relative Savitri jena, who was employed in the company, and agreed to purchase a 1,600 sq ft plot for `13 lakh.
The agreement was made in June, 2014 with Swain paying `12,29,272 by withdrawing his two fixed deposit accounts. The company had reportedly assured to balance the rest amount from its own resources.
However, the firm allegedly did not provide the plot as per its promise and when he pushed for the land, he was given a cheque of the the amount paid by him. But the cheque bounced and Swain reported the matter to the police on May 13, 2015.
Even as police arrested the duo, they said there were at least four similar cases pending against them worth around `50 lakh. Besides, six warrants have been issued against MD Damayanti by different courts in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Phulbani along with four against Jena. The total value of fraud would cross `one crore, police said.
Man, Son Held for Land Fraud
Police Commissionerate of the Twin City on Tuesday arrested a father-son duo for cheating a city-based realtor of `13 lakh in a land deal. The accused, Goura Chandra Paikray and his son Binaya of Gobindapur village in Khurda district, were arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by the former managing director of Ashiyana Constructions Basant Mohapatra. According to police, Goura and his son approached Basant in October, 2013 and assured to transfer ownership of a plot in his name at Govindpur Mouza within a month. They furnished the record of rights of the land and managed to convince him for the deal. Basant transferred `13 lakh to Goura’s account for the deal. However, the duo remained incommunicado after taking the money following which Basanta, a resident of Baramunda Housing Board Colony, lodged a police complaint. The accused were produced in a local court which sent them to judicial custody.