Mumbai Police on Wednesday registered an FIR against six persons in Azad Maidan police station for allegedly stealing groundwater amounting to more than Rs 70 crores over the past several years.
According to the complainant, Suresh Kumar Dhokha, a tenant in Pandya mansion, the owners of the building have dug two illegal wells and sold water amounting to Rs 73.18 crores for the past 11 years.
The complainant also alleged negligence by the municipal administration.
Speaking to ANI, complainant Suresh Dhoka said, " They (accused) did not have permission for either digging up the well, extracting water or installation of water pipeline."
"Secondly, this property is on lease from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and even moving a brick from here is an offence," he added.
An FIR has been registered against the accused Tripura Prasad Pandya, Prakash Pandya, Manoj Kumar Pandya, Arun Mishra, Shrawan Mishra and Dhiraj Mishra under sections 379 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
Further investigation is underway.
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