Kusum Arora , Jalandhar, September 13:-VB arrests. Four years after it was exposed, the Vigilance Bureau (VB) officials have arrested three persons for committing Rs 4.35 crore fraud in connivance with Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) officials. The three persons impersonated as farmers with fake names, documents and bank accounts to claim compensation for land acquired by JIT in Surya Enclave locality situated on Jalandhar-Pathankot highway. The JIT has bought 94.97 acre land in Surya Enclave Extension in the year 2013.SSP Vigilance Diljinder Singh Dhillon said that they have arrested three persons namely the main culprit Jatinder Sharma, a resident of New Laxmipura, Madan Lal, who impersonated as a farmer Sandeep Sharma and Manohar Lal, who presented himself as Tarlok Singh Bittu, both residents of Hargobind Singh Nagar. The SSP said that the VB got this case two months ago, after which the investigation began. “Following the case record, we published advertisements in the newspapers, asking public to inform about the accused. We received some anonymous calls, after which we were able to trace the accused trio”, he added.Dhillon said that two accomplices of the accused were still at large and soon fresh advertisements would be issued to trace them. He said that the arrested trio impersonated as farmers and produced fake documents, opened bank accounts in different banks to claim compensation of land acquisition from JIT. It was learnt that out of the accused Jatinder Sharma had delivered Rs 2 crore to one Manjit Sharma, who was his paternal uncle. Jatinder spent Rs 8 lakh out of the total amount till date.Notably, the case dates back to 2013, when a PCS officer posted as Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) –I cum Land Acquisition Collector with JIT first exposed that how fake records were produced to claim compensation amounting to crores. The police have already arrested Patwari Sukhdev Singh, who was under suspension from JIT. He is out on bail these days. Though a police probe was started in 2013 but the case was left midway. SSP Dhillon said that the three accused were on two-day police remand and further investigation was on to arrest their two accomplices. “Investigations were on to zero in on the role of JIT officials and some major revelations would take place in the coming days”, he added.
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