PANAJI: Expats might want to constantly keep tabs on their assets in Goa to avoid getting fraudulently stripped of their property.
Candolim resident Querobino D'Souza has alleged that some persons has illegally encroached on his ancestral land in Britona and demolished their 350 sqm house to construct a building in the premises.
"I have written to the block development officer of the village panchayat of Penha de Franca and have also filed an FIR with the Porvorim police station in this matter," he said.
D'Souza, who had been living overseas for nearly 20 years, had moved back to Goa three years ago and has been staying in Candolim since then. He was informed of the encroachment about a month ago by one person. On inquiring, the alleged culprit showed him forged documents indicating that the house was crumbling, therefore ushering the demolition.
"My neighbour informed me that these people have thrown out my mother's furniture and torn down the house. The man then claimed to have the power of attorney to the property, which he claims to have inherited through an aunt in Mumbai.
"The house was in decent condition and its electricity meter was on my mother, Esme D'Souza's name. The man has forged an electricity bill and put his own name on it to get permissions through the panchayat to tear it down on the pretext of repairing it. He has now threatened me to keep off 'his' land," said D'Souza.
He said that since the police probe has begun, the alleged culprit has been untraceable.