The sub-deputy collector Chandel and four others have been arested for their alleged involvement in manipulation of land records, official sources said.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Clay Khongsai told the media at the conference hall of Superintendent of Police, Imphal West on Sunday that Md Nasimuddin, 54, son of late Md Tolangou of Kyamgei Muslim Awang Leikai, who is the incumbent SDC Chandel was arrested in connection with a case reported on May 27 by SDO, Angom Shijalembi Chanu.
Chanu reported that the land record of 17-Chaobok Sheet No IV has been found tempered/manipulated and pattas have been found fraudulently prepared without any authority in respect of various dag numbers, he said.
She stated that Dag No 3078, New Dag No 3131, 3566, 3614, Old Dag No 3078, New Dag No 3331etc. were manipulated by Th Nipamacha Singh (now retired Supervisor Kanungo from Lilong Shantipur), Shah Daud Khan (under suspension LA SK) from Lilong Bazar Near Oil Pump, Md Allauddin Khan (Mandol) from Lilong Kaleikhong Makhong, and other accomplices who fabricated the official records in their favour.
The complainant requested to take up immediate necessary action against them. Therefore, the case reference FIR No 34(5)2022 LIL PS U/S 465/466/468/471/34 IPC added 420/409 IPC, Clay said.
Earlier before the arrest of Nasimuddin and during the course of investigation, three persons namely Md Allauddin, 55, son of late Md Ajid All from Lilong Turel Ahanbi Kaleikhong Makha; Md Shah Daud Khan, 50, son of late Md Inder Rahaman from Lilong Bazar near Oil Pump and Thiyam Nipamacha Singh, 65, son of late Th Thambalangou Singh from Thiyam Konjil Maning Leikal were arrested in connection with the case, he mentioned.
He continued that they were thoroughly interrogated while they were in police custody. From the interrogation, it has come to light that the accused in collusion with some other staff have issued fabricated/fake 35 pattas to private individuals, and also had resulted in the loss of around 19 acres of forest or state land.
Village No.17-Chaobok Sheet No. 4 Pattas were fraudulently prepared by Md Nasimuddin, (mandal) who was the in charge of SK Irong Chesaba at that time vide mutation case No. 9/SDO/L dated January 17, 2020. He had been evading police arrest, Clay said.
He said that in addition to above case, an FIR No. 33(04)2021 TBL-PS u/s 409/420/120-B IPC was registered at Thoubal police station on a letter by DC, Thoubal, regarding the conversion of Agricultural land to ‘Ingkhol class without proper approval. In the course of investigation, a total of five accused persons have been arrested including the then supervisor Kanungo and mandal of SDC, Office Lilong.
He said that while checking land records both at the level of SDO Lilong and at the Directorate of settlement, discrepancies in the land record and mutation without any authorisation were found. As many as 14 land records have been found to be entered as ‘Ingkhol’ in computerised records that were tampered blatantly by revenue officials.
On examination, the arrested accused persons disclosed that Md Nasimuddin, the then Circle Mandal of 16- Lilong, was also involved in manipulation of land records and played a critical role in the criminal activities, he said.
In addition, the said Nasimuddin is also involved in FIR No. 97(5)2022 LPL PS u/s 465/468/471/420 and 120 IPC registered at Lamphel police station, he added.