Brothers booked under PASA for land fraud

Cracking down on land dealers using fraudulent means to buy agricultural lands worth crores of rupees at a much less price from unsuspecting farmers, Vadodara collector Tuesday invoked Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act (PASA) against two persons for allegedly being involved in such land deals.

Two brothers, Brijesh Chauhan and Jaivijaysinh Chauhan were allegedly found to be involved in two such deals at Jaspur and Sindhrot villages near Vadodara. They were found to having duped farmers by getting them into sales deed using fraudulent means.

"Such land deals are being conducted by an organised crime operating in and around Vadodara, where dealers target uneducated, gullible farmers and buy land worth crores of rupees by paying them a few lakhs, and in some cases even just a few thousands," collector Vinod Rao said.

The Chauhan brothers first targeted Fulabhai Parmar, a farmer from Jaspur village, by persuading him to sell his land measuring over 2 hectare and worth around Rs 8 crore by current valuation.

He promised to offer Parmar Rs 2 crore which was never paid, though the deal was sealed on December 16, 2010.

In another case, Mansinh Maheda who owned 2.5 hectare land at Sindrot village, had entered into sales deed with Brijesh Chauhan on April 13, 2012.

22-yr-old man held for 'kidnap bid'

A 22-year-old man was arrested by Sayajigunj police in Vadodara on Tuesday for allegedly trying to kidnap an eight-year-old girl early morning while her family was sleeping on a footpath near Vadodara railway station.

According to the police, the suspect, identified as Vishwas Thakor, tried to kidnap the girl around 3 am while she was sleeping along with her parents and two siblings on footpath near the railway station. When she tried to resist, her mother woke up and raised alarm. Upon this, others sleeping around them woke up and caught hold of Thakor, beat him up and handed him over to the police.

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