Bhayandar : The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Thane (rural) police has arrested one of the directors of a Mira Road-based construction firm on alleged charges of forging thumb impressions and documents of a dead farmer.

According to police information, the accused has been identified as Hemendra Bosamiya (27) of Rashmi Housing Private Limited. As per the complaint registered at Mira Road police station by Rupesh Patil in October 2013, Bosamiya, in a bid to grab his ancestral agricultural property near Cinemax, had allegedly forged thumb impressions and ‘No Objection Certificates’ of his grandmother Laxmibai Patil in April 2004, nearly a decade after her death in 1994. Not stopping at that the accused, in an alleged attempt to convert the status of farmland to Non-Agricultural (NA), also forged the signature of Rupesh’s father Gajanan Patil who had passed away in 2002.

However, the construction firm, in its defence, has claimed that they had legally purchased the property admeasuring 15,000 square feet from Bandra resident Abdul Salam who was in possession of the land and duly conveyed and registered documents pertaining to sale transactions between him and Laxmibai Patil.

“Rupesh Patil became a beneficiary in 2012 and started making extortionist demands. A complaint in this context has already been registered by us at the Mira Road police station. In fact, this has become a trend by younger clan to illegally stake claim over ancestral land already sold by their parents,” claimed Yogesh Bosamiya, elder brother of the accused.

Sensing the gravity of financial implications into the case, the case was transferred to EOW which arrested Bosamiya after carrying out investigations. He was charged for cheating and forgery. Bosamiya has been remanded to police custody till July 23. Further probe is on.

Suresh Golani

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