BALANGIR: Crime branch sleuths on Friday arrested the Agra-based Taj Gas company manager and supervisor, who were allegedly involved in grabbing the land of around 100 farmers in Patnagarh subdivision in Balangir district.
The two accused, Debendra Tyagi (manager) and Ajaya Sharma (supervisor), were caught by a special team from Patnagarh a day after the officials began a probe into the scam. Both of them belong to Agra and they were working in Patnagarh on behalf of the company since registration of farmers' land in the company's name. "We arrested the duo and remanded to judicial custody. Initially they were detained in police station for interrogation. We have got some information vital to unearth other aspects of the illegal land dealing", said SP (crime branch) Duryodhan Rout.
He said that CB sought detail information about the company dossier from the registrar of the company in Odisha. "Whether the company is a fake one or whether it exists in a fictitious name, will be known after we get the list of registered companies and their memorandum and article of association", said the SP. He further said that some officials of land registration and tehsil office are under scanner.
When asked what the company intended to do with the lands, the SP said that the CB suspected availing of loans to the tune of some thousands crores. He said the land registration was done not in registrar office. The farmers never saw the registration officials, which is mandatory.