Realtor stabs self with scissors after arrest by CCB

Media and police gathered infront of CCB office at Chamarajapet in Bengaluru on Saturday. Photo Srikanta Sharma R.

A real estate businessman arrested for cheating property buyers tried to stab himself with a pair of scissors at the headquarters of the Central Crime Branch on Wednesday, police said. 

Yousuf Sharif, the owner of Umrah Developers, was arrested after police raided his house and office on Richmond Road. Documents of property worth crores were seized from his house. 

Police suspect Sharif had sold six acres of government land on the outskirts of Bengaluru to real estate company Indraprastha Shelters Private Limited for Rs 7 crore in 2011 by using forged documents. In January this year, he allegedly used another set of forged documents to mortgage the same property to another realtor. Indraprastha Shelters got to know about the fraud and went to the police. 

A subsequent police investigation revealed that Sharif had duped many people by using fake property documents. The case was later referred to the CCB. 

Soon after his arrest, Sharif caused a ruckus at the CCB office in Chamarajpet. He reportedly screamed at the sleuths, saying he would get all the policemen who raided his house suspended and strip them of their uniforms by spending his fortune which runs into Rs 500 crore. He also threatened to shut down the CCB. 

It was at this juncture that Sharif allegedly grabbed a pair of scissors from the table of a policeman and tried to stab himself. He also roughed up some CCB sleuths. 

The CCB later produced him before a court and sought to interrogate him in their custody. 

A separate case has been registered against him at the Cottonpet police station under IPC sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty).

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