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Fake pattadar passbooks detected in Nalgonda

By S. Ramu

NALGONDA, SEPT. 19. A gang in Nalgonda district is printing and circulating fake pattadar passbooks and title deed passbooks.

In Kankanalapally village in Tipparthy mandal it was found that at least three farmers had applied for crop loans by submitting fake pattadaar passbooks to the Andhra Bank's Nalgonda branch. The person behind the scam allegedly charged Rs. 1,500 for each book.

Crop loans

The gang forged the Mandal Revenue Officer's signature, using the facsimile of the Revenue Divisional Officer who had worked here in 1995. In one case (Patta no: 235 and book no: 604567), the gang altered all details and entered the name of a farmer, who approached the bank for a crop loan based on the details furnished in it.

The farmer applied for a loan claiming he had 4.2 acres of land. But his passbook was found to be fake. Confirming the alterations, the bank's field officer, Chandra Mohan, said he had not seen such malpractice in his 12 years of service.

It was also learnt that a person from Mamidala village submitted a similar passbook to revenue officials a fortnight ago, claiming that his wife had 20 acres of land. When a revenue official questioned him he left the village for good. No case was filed against him.

`Loss to banks'

After the verification of records, the MRO, A. Bhavana Rushi, clarified that the passbooks of Mohd. John, Rajender and Burri Mallamma had been found to be bogus. "There is a mismatch between the details mentioned in the books and the official records. We must find the persons behind this," the MRO said.

"By resorting to such gimmicks, farmers can claim huge amounts of crop loans and use them as security to get term loans. This may lead to heavy financial loss to the banks," senior manager of the bank, K. Rajendra Kumar, said. "There might be many more bogus passbooks," he added. Mr. Kumar said he would approach the Superintendent of Police, requesting him to launch an investigation into the matter to unearth the scam.

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