Patwari, tout arrested for cheating innocent villagers

Excelsior Correspondent
UDHAMPUR, Apr 29: Police today arrested a Patwari and his tout for fraudulently transferring the land compensation amount from the accounts of innocent villagers.
Giving details, police spokesman said that on April 25, one Kashmir Singh, son of Faqir of Roun lodged a complaint with the Udhampur Police mentioning that a Patwari and his tout has cheated him.
He informed the police that some portion of his land came under the total land acquired at village Roun by the CRPF authorities and accordingly the payment of land was made through the Revenue Department.
The complainant as well as one Romesh Singh, son of Dhuni Chand of Roun were asked by the concerned Patwari namely Uttam Singh, son of Romal Singh of village Sadi, Reasi to open their accounts in the J&K Bank for crediting the amount in their accounts.
When the accounts were opened, Patwari told them that payment of Rs 2,73,000 each as land compensation has been credited into their respective account and they should immediately withdraw the same to get second instalment.
Later, the complainant came to know that actually an amount of Rs 11,73,000 was credited into his account and Patwari managed to transfer amount of Rs 9,00,000 from his account to the account of Romesh Singh, who actually turned out to be tout of Patwari.
Acting on the complaint, Police registered a case and started investigation during which the bank statement of the complainant’s account was obtained. Later, it came to fore that Patwari taking advantage of illiteracy of complainant got signed the withdrawal slips and transferred the amount for his own benefits.
It also came to light that several persons have been paid less amount of their land compensation by the Patwari in connivance of Romesh Singh. The first instalment of land compensation was Rs 1.66 crore out of which an amount of Rs 42, 24, 862 was illegally credited into the account of Romesh Singh.
On the basis of preliminary investigation, police arrested Patwari as well as his tout Romesh Singh. “Investigation into the case is still going on”, police spokesman said.