The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has assigned a team to track down racketeers behind illegal house or land transactions, a senior officer said. The probe comes on a directive from Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa amidst an increasing number of complaints, some of which he had received personally.
The CID will probe cases of persons illegally acquiring houses on forged documents, cases of driving out the owners by force, extorting money from owners of houses and cases of selling or mortgaging lands owned by others, the officer said.
Among the victims have been persons who have migrated few years ago and returned recently.
Complaints could be made by calling 011-2320141 -5. Fax – 0112380380.
(Source: Sunday Times)