Of the 128 land scam cases registered in the state, 73 are reported in the jurisdiction of Mapusa and Porvorim police station. On an average 10 land scam cases are reported every year across the state.
A senior police officer said that most of the property owners are unaware that their properties have either been sold or names of property owners have been changed. The officer did not rule out the possibility of a syndicate operating in the state to grab land of those who are not staying in the state. “Citizens who are settled abroad and who have unsupervised properties in Goa are on the radar of this organized syndicate that specializes in grabbing ancestral properties,” the senior police officer said.
In most cases the accused identify the land and create fake property ownership papers. The property is then sold to a colleague of the accused before the same property is sold finally to a third party. Police said that some people have been able to halt the transaction when they read notices in local newspapers of people laying claim over the property.
The officer said that besides criminal complaints there have also been civil suits pending before the courts in fake property ownership cases.