Spurt in land value, particularly after the state government's plans to locate the temporary capital between Vijayawada and Guntur, has given rise to increasing cases of land grabbing and disputes with regard to registrations and agreements. Taking a serious note of this, cops have now decided to open rowdy-sheets against those involved in such cases.
While refusal of local landlords to execute the sale deed based on old prices is believed to be the prime reason for disputes, attempts of middlemen to illegally encroach lands of aged landlords by creating fake agreements has taken the police by surprise. Complaints regarding threats by local goons for sale of lands are also pouring in aplenty. Some people residing in Guntur have also complained about encroachment of lands with bogus title deeds.
In fact, newly appointed police superintendents Rajesh Kumar (Guntur urban) and PHD Ramakrishna (Guntur rural) were surprised at the sheer number of land grabbing and fake registration complaints.
According to sources, land worth Rs 200 crore changed hands in Pedakakani mandal in the last fortnight through fake title deeds and other forged documents. Some registration officials are allegedly helping the land mafia to complete registration process illegally in lieu of money. Middlemen and rowdy-sheeters are also making huge money by selling vacant lands of non-residents by creating fake documents.
In fact, Mangalagiri police had unravelled a similar racket involving a local tehsildar who tried to transfer land worth Rs 20 crore to unauthorised persons recently. The tehsildar and two VROs were sent to judicial remand.
"We will not tolerate unlawful activities and land grab. We will open rowdy-sheets against those involved in fake registration and land grabbing," warned newly-appointed police superintendent (Guntur urban) Rajesh Kumar. He has asked cops to be alert, especially in Mangalagiri, Tadikonda, Tadepalli and Pedakakani, where land prices have skyrocketed in the recent past.