Kochi: Thrikkakara police have arrested a Youth Congress leader who stole Rs 2.40 lakh from a priest by forging a document. Muhammad Hashim Abdul Latif (29), general secretary of Youth Congress Thrikkakara constituency, was arrested. Hashim was remanded.
The money was extorted by promising to convert the 92-cent farmland of Father Geevarghese John’s mother-in-law and sister at Thrikkakara at their home in Kunnathunad Aikaranad Vallikat. By using a fake signature and seal in the name of Kanayannur Tehsildar and Village Officer, he made a receipt and cheated.
The Father Geevarghese john reached the revenue officer with this receipt after suspecting this. Then a complaint was lodged with Thrikkakara police. The police suspect that the accused used political influence to carry out these types of frauds widely. The people who bought various certificates through him are also being investigated. Ernakulam Central Police has also registered a case on the complaint of Tehsildar in the incident.