In the first ever conviction, two brothers of Marandahalli were found guilty of trying to grab a land of a siblings at Kedenahalli by a court here on Thursday.
This is the first case of land grab in the State in which the accused were convicted and awarded one year imprisonment
According to prosecution, one P Sylender (32) of Bazaar Street, Marandahalli in Palacode taluk, lodged a complaint with anti-land grab cell on August 18, 2011, stating that he and his brother Sivakumar owned 5 acres of land, which is their ancestral property located in Kendenahalli village covered under survey numbers 218/2 and 219/2.
Later, he and his brother Sivakumar bought 1.60 acres from one Sivagnanam, a resident of the same village of Kendenahalli in August 2008.
When they wanted to register the land, owners of the neighbouring sites R Ananth (47) and his brother Perumal (37), objected and asked them to register only 3.5 acres including the newly purchased land in their name.
As Sylender and Sivakumar refused to their demand, the brothers started to erect fence on their land covering the newly purchased land as well on August 14, 2011. Further, Ananth and Perumal also prevented them from entering the purchased land and issued murder threats asking them register the total space of land as 3.50 acres.
Upset over this, Sylender lodged a complaint with the District anti-land grab cell against the duo, Ananth and Perumal, on August 18, 2011.
Based on their complaint, the police registered a case under sections 447, 427, 384 and 506 (ii) of IPC and arrested the siblings.
When the case came up for hearing before the CJM Court on here Thursday, Magistrate M Gunasekaran awarded one year imprisonment each to Ananth and Perumal. Following this, both were lodged in the Salem central prison.