Zirakpur Police have busted a gang, that was running a stamp paper scam at an inter-state level for the past decade. The police have arrested five persons in this regard and recovered 333 unused stamp papers, 11 fake rubber stamps, 125 affidavit tickets, 10 entry registers, and a Hyundai Creta car from their possession.
The arrested persons have been identified as Harish Kumar Arora, a resident of Royal Mansion in Dhakauli, Davinder Kumar alias Pappi, a resident of Rajpura in Patiala, Sachin Jindal, a resident of Sunam in Sangrur, Ashok Kumar, a resident of Samana in Patiala and Abhay Bhattacharya, a resident of Green Valley Apartment in Dhakauli. The two more suspects – Sahil Arora and Abhishek, both sons of Harish Kumar Arora, have been identified by the police, who are currently at large.
Mohali SP (rural) Ravjot Kaur Grewal informed that the scam of stamp paper came to light when the kingpin Harish was nabbed by the police following a tip-off. Huge recovery was made from his possession and on interrogating him; his associates were also arrested by the various police teams. The SP informed that the suspects committed the economic offense as they were selling stamp papers without any license. “The kingpin Harish used to buy a large number of blank stamp papers from a vendor. He was receiving hefty amounts from the innocent people who need to manipulate the name of the property for personal gain of the old stamp paper in the old date. Harish was selling old stamp papers, which are unnumbered and discontinued now, and making entries in their registers on the previous dates. He also used to affix the fake stamps on the affidavit tickets and put his signature on them so that he can sell the stamp by stamping it on the cut paper and showing it as genuine. Many of his associates were also involved in this scam,” said Ravjot Kaur Grewal.
As per the police, the illegal practice had been operating without a license for the last eight years. Apart from Zirakpur, Harish had set up links in various cities of Punjab and other states. He had purchased old stamp papers (without numbers) from different places and had fake rubber stamps from various stamp dealers. He had forged the stamp papers by pretending to be an authorized stamp seller. The suspect, Abhay was making fake stamps. A stamp on the name of a woman, who already died in 2009, has been recovered from his possession. The suspects had obtained a large amount of money from the public by selling the stamp papers at different times for their personal benefit by writing expensive land deeds on those old stamp papers in the past and mistyped the entries in the registers at various places. They were also using these stamp papers to register illegal colonies. This scam had caused a big financial loss to various government agencies as well. Harish also pushed his sons Sahil and Abhishek to run this illegal business and they started supplying stamp papers to various banks to hide their illegal business.