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Goa’s Arjuna Awardee’s ancestral land grabbed by organised syndicate

Goa’s first Arjuna awardee Dr Otilia Mascarenhas, now an orthopaedic surgeon with super-specialty in sports medicine, practicing in Germany and visiting doctor to India, has warned that she will return her award if she doesn’t get back her ancestral property grabbed by an organized syndicate.

Addressing a press conference Mascarenhas alleged that her property in Porvorim which she co-owns with her brother, Oscar Mascarenhas was sold by an impersonator in the name of her deceased uncle Jose Fernandes.

She inherited the property through a will in 1997 from her uncle who died in 2002. “I’m hurt and humiliated. I’m seriously considering returning my Arjuna award to the President if the culprits are not booked and arrested immaterial of their position, ” she said, while narrating her fight against the alleged land-grabbing syndicate operational in Porvorim.

She said the house was under lock and key most of the time except during her visits to Goa. She was in Goa from December 2012 to March 2013. In October 2013, she learnt that her house was sold by an imposter for a sum of 70 lakh.

She claimed that there were enough clues pointing to irregularities for the sub-registrar to catch on to while executing the sale deed.

The sale deed had a PAN card copy along with the impersonator’s photograph. The name on the PAN card was of her uncle’s but the surname was spelt wrong, she said.

“The PAN card bore a fake address at Dharavi -Mumbai’s slum area but the filled form submitted for the registration of the sale deed had a Porvorim address,” she added.

“My uncle expired in 2002 and after eleven years of his death, it is unbelievable that he could sign a sale deed,” she said, crying for justice.

She has already filed a police complaint and though investigations in on, said she wants the people of Goa to know about the land grabbing syndicate functional in the state.

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