Con men: Trio used 40-year-old stamp papers to cheat, arrested

Three persons were arrested from Northwest Delhi for allegedly preparing fake property documents and using them to cheat people.

Police have identified those arrested as Ashok, Anil Kumar (typist) and Ganga Prasad Tiwari (stamp vendor). An old typewriter and some blank stamp papers have also been recovered.

According to police, the group used stamp papers that had dates as old as four decades ago, making it difficult to verify the authenticity of the documents.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) P Karunakaran said: "We have recovered an old model typewriter and around 56 blank stamp papers, which are more than 40 years old. These stamp papers are very old and rare, making it difficult to ascertain whether the documents were genuine or forged."

According to Karunakaran, the trio had duped a number of people but police got wind of it only on October 27.

"It was when one Geeta Devi lodged a complaint with the local police on October 27, after she was duped of more than Rs 4 lakh by realtor Ashok, that police came to know of the fraud," he said.

Police said after buying 50 square yards of land from Ashok, Geeta was given property documents that showed the previous owners of the property. She soon realised that the land had belonged to someone else, and that she had been duped.

Karunakaran said, "She went to Ashok who admitted that he had used fake documents and offered to return her the money. Police investigations began after the case was registered."

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