Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Home­buy­ers who have been cheated in Panvel were as­sured by Khan­desh­war po­lice that their cases would be looked.

Many peo­ple in Panvel have been cheated by bo­gus devel­op­ers over the years and have been cheated of crores. With lit­tle ac­tion by the po­lice, the cases have risen over the years.

Fol­low­ing di­rec­tions by min­is­ter of state for home Ran­jit Patil, the po­lice had called a meet­ing on Friday. A large num­ber of peo­ple as­sem­bled for the meet, plead­ing with the po­lice to help them get their hard-earned money back.

MLA Prashant Thakur, who was present at the meet­ing, has as­sured the com­plainants that he will fol­low up on the is­sue. Thakur said: “The gov­ern­ment is work­ing on mak­ing strict laws in this re­gard so that tough ac­tion can be taken.”

There have been sev­eral in­stances in Panvel taluka’s Nere, Wakdi, Bhang­har and Suka­pur where devel­op­ers have put sign­boards on lands be­long­ing to the vil­lagers of­fer­ing homes to gullible buy­ers.

Peo­ple have paid be­tween Rs1 lakh and Rs10 lakh for such houses.

Lo­cal ac­tivist Ab­hi­jit Patil formed Navi Mum­bai Ac­tion Fo­rum and took up such cases. It led to the ar­rest of Ma­hen­dra Patil of Tiru­pati Balaji com­pany who is ac­cused of cheat­ing sev­eral peo­ple of crores of ru­pees. Panvel’s Cit­i­zen Unity Fo­rum, a so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tion too took up the is­sue and met Patil.

Arun Bhise, pres­i­dent of CUF, said: “We com­plained that the po­lice take time to ar­rest the ac­cused and that com­plaints are not reg­is­tered and clubbed to­gether.”

Since the prob­lem is much big­ger in Panvel re­gion, DCP Zone II Vish­was Pand­hare called the meet­ing of the com­plainants.

Pand­here said, “We gave de­tails of the ac­tion taken against the devel­op­ers who had cheated peo­ple, the present sta­tus of the cases and so on.”

Pand­here said, “We will give de­tails of the progress of the Tiru­pati Balaji com­pany case ev­ery month to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­plainants. We will en­sure that they get jus­tice.”

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