LAHORE - A real estate agency has allegedly defrauded more than five dozen people after allotting them ‘non-existent’ plots in connivance with Paragon housing society administration.

Over 60 people, during a press conference at Lahore Press Club, appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to look into the matter and provide them justice.

They say they have been robbed of Rs one billion by Homeland Estate and Builders - the largest agency in Paragon City - which sold them ‘non-existent’ plots.

For the last two years, the owner of Homeland Real Estate and Builders, Haji Nadeem Ahmed along with his co-partners Taseer Hussain, Mudasar Shehzad, Shahab Khan, Yasir Mukhtar and Nasir Munir have been robbing the people, the affected people claimed.

They include Danyal Khan, Qaiser Mehmood, Arbab and others who claim the Homeland Estate committed forgery and gave cheques which were bounced by the banks. They said in other cases the victims were given bogus documents against the plots payment.

They said after losing hope from Paragon City Administration and police, they wanted to highlight the issue on media. Though the police had registered FIRs of four people, there was no progress in this regard.

They further said Railways Minister Kh Saad Rafique should come up and solve the matter as he owns the Paragon City housing society.

Shahab Khan, one of the co-partners and an investor in Homeland Estate, told The Nation that he had also been the victim of Rs50 million fraud.

However, he held that those claiming to have been defrauded did not contact the agency at the time of property deal. “We all want justice in this case,” he added.

Sources in Lahore Development Authority said that the Paragon City was previously registered with the Aziz Bhatti Town administration. After September 2013, it was registered and approved as a private housing society, the sources added.

LDA Chief Metropolitan Planner Waheed Ahmad Butt told The Nation that this case seems to be a civil matter as it was a private contract between two parties.

Answering a query, he said that periodically the LDA keeps informing the masses about the illegal housing societies. Also, he said, the authority keeps an eye on the approved schemes of the city to ensure that they work as per the approved structures.