Nine arrested for posing as slum evictees

'Usurped property allotted to those evicted from demolished slum cluster, used forged ration cards'

Nine persons, including a woman, were arrested for allegedly posing as evictees of a demolished slum cluster and usurping plots using forged documents, police said on Sunday.

The arrests were made on Saturday, following a probe on a complaint filed by residents of the resettlement colony in June 2002, alleging that plots were allotted to those posing as evictees.

"Nine persons have been arrested and more arrests are likely in the case" V Renganathan, Additional Commissioner of Police (West), said.

The arrested persons got plots allotted in their names at JJ resettlement Colony in West Delhi's Bakkarwala, by using "forged

documents to pose as evictees of slum cluster demolished in Raghubir Nagar".

All of them allegedly impersonated evictees, produced documents like ration cards before the Slum Committee and gave undertakings in this regard, police said.

Those arrested have been identified as Sunil Kumar, Dharmender, Rajesh, Joginder, Praveen, Mohinder, Suresh, Ram Kumar and Asha Sharma.

The Vigilance Department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi conducted an inquiry, after which it learnt that "some unscrupulous elements" were allotted plot no. D-1 to D-36 in Bakkarwala colony, police said.

Police said the inquiry also found that some persons had succeeded in getting plots fraudulently in connivance with officials of various departments. These 36 plots are in a prime location. "In some cases, the photographs of the allottees have been changed to benefit the bogus persons," Renganathan said.

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