Builder intent on grabbing housing society land, using black magic to curse Whistleblower
A few weeks ago, Moneylife had reported how Gada Builders of Pune armed with a fake Power of Attorney, usurped an open space and land buildings belonging to Anupama Housing Society in Aundh in Pune.
Thanks to RTI activist and resident of one of the societies, Vijay Kumbhar, documents revealed the illegal land transaction, forcing the Collector, in his capacity as District Magistrate to lodge a FIR against Gada at the Kondhwa Police Station. Kumbhar is distressed that the police have yet to take any action against the builder. On the contrary, Gada has gone to High Court on two counts – to quash the FIR, as well as, the order against him by the Inspector General Registration office.
But perhaps, he is not very confident about the judicial system and hence as an added weapon, allegedly evil forces are being invoked to curse the Whistleblower through black magic.
Kumbhar was surprised to see lemon, red chillies and coconut, thrown in front of his door, as a bizarre ritual to curse him. At another time the same was seen in front of his building. Says Kumbhar, “when they couldn't deter me from saving my society's interest they have allegedly started doing such silly things. They are now taking help of black magic. They throw black dolls, kumkum, turmeric, lemons, chillies, coconut etc. either at my door of my flat in society in Anupama Society or in front of my building.”
Worse, Gada has no hesitation in putting the ball in the court of the IGR stating arguing that since the government department has registered his documents, it is the government officers involved who should be made accountable. This, he has said on Marathi TV Channel as well High Court. That’s how brazen he is.
Recalling the first moves of Gada Kumbhar says, “when it came to my knowledge that one Mukesh Gada and Arun Ranwade, who were not even remotely connected with our society, had grabbed two plots of land from our society with a fabricated and bogus Power of Attorney and even registration authorities’ registered documents without looking into the authenticity of IT, I lodged the complaint with IGR. IGR subsequently lodged a police complaint. But the sub-registrar who deliberately registered these documents is safe and sound, as no action has been taken against him.
Kumbhar is finding it tough, as residents of his housing society are also not showing the courage to join his fight. Kumbhar rues, “our society is a very old society. I don't know why but the residents of this society are so scared of anybody who is in uniform. They would even quiver if they see a postman. I have purchased a flat here some 8-10 years back. Initially, I was not aware of the gravity of the situation. However, when I started to get hold of the facts, I was shocked. And this is not the issue about my society only. This is happening in all parts of Pune city.”
Senior bureaucrat, Mahesh Zagade, now CEO, PMRDA, writes his reaction in Kumbhar’s Facebook, ``these are outlandish tactics adopted by unscrupulous elements; the best way is to defeat them by ignoring them completely and I'm confident that you would do that. It reminds me of a series of similar experiences as Collector, Nashik. In one such atrocious and ridiculous instance, four very large (3feet ) black dolls with prick pins all over, probably representing four of us in the family, were hanged dangling upside down at my official residence during my crackdown against the land mafia. The positive side was that someone got paid to make these dolls and we felt happy for that…’’