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Woman, son held

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MADURAI: In a case of impersonation and cheating, a mother and son were arrested here on Thursday as they had allegedly cheated a person to the tune of Rs. 37 lakh.

Madurai Rural Police said that Srinivasan (44), son of Subbu Naicker of Nanjappa Naickekanpatti in Aruppukottai in Virudhunagar district, had reportedly given Rs. 37 lakh as a part payment towards purchase of a land measuring 4.66 acres at Thanakkankulam in Madurai district. Though the seller had given a general power of attorney for the sale, as there was delay in execution of the deal, Srinivasan grew suspicious and lodged a complaint.

Superintendent of Police Asra Garg ordered an investigation. A special team from Tirunagar police which examined the case and established that there was fraud and impersonation committed by a group.

According to the investigators, Srinivasan was approached by a woman who claimed she was the owner of the land and that her name was Panchu alias Panchavarnam (39), wife of Rajendran of Uchapatti.

Discreet probe led to the fact that the land actually belonged to a woman Panchavarnam, wife of Palaniandi of Thanakkankulam, and not to the accused whose name also happened to be Panchavarnam. The police strongly suspected that the impersonation could not have been carried out without the connivance of staff at the registration department.

Some brokers and document writers, suspected to be behind the crime, are also being watched for examination, the officers said.

Based on the confession of Panchavarnam, wife of Rajendran, the woman and her son Pandi Kannan (23) were arrested. A hunt is on for four others involved in the impersonation. Special teams have gone to Aruppukottai to secure them. The details about the cash allegedly received from Srinivasan by the woman and her accomplice is also being investigated. Tirunagar police registered a case of cheating, forgery and impersonation.

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