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Pathankot martyr Niranjan Kumar's Bengaluru home given time to rectify before BBMP demolition

With Bengaluru civic body marking buildings that had encroached on storm water drains, for being razed, a portion of martyred NSG commando and bomb expert Lt Colonel Niranjan Kumar's house has also come under the demolition list.

"The BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) officials have marked for demolition one of the three pillars on which my (late) son Lt Col Niranjan Kumar's house is standing," Kumar's father Shivarajan said from Palakkad in Kerala. A pillar has encroached on a storm water drain at Doddabommassandra near Vidyaranyapura and officials have marked the portion.

BBMP had marked 1,100 more properties under the list. Following Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's order, the civic body on Saturday had begun the demolition drive at Avani Sringeri Nagar in Bommanahalli, Kasavanahalli in Mahadevapura and Shivanahalli in Yelahanka.

Shivrajan said his wife Radha and another son (Shashank) have sought time from the BBMP to make their own arrangement "to remove the marked pillar."

"My wife and son have sought time for removing one of the three pillars on which the house is standing. My family is bit worried about the BBMP officials using JCB (earth mover) to pull down the structure as it may cause considerable damage to the house itself," he said.

Buildings that were built on encroached land and drainages were demolished by the BBMP in Bommansandra area of Bengaluru. PTI

Buildings that were built on encroached land and drainages were demolished by the BBMP in Bommansandra area of Bengaluru. PTI

"It is very hard for us to digest this because we have lost our brother in Pathankot attack and now we are seeing the house is being demolished. And it is not a good thing to see our national hero’s house being demolished. I would request to stop this demolition for good purpose because Niranjan has died for the country and if is going to happen this way then it is a shame for the country," Shashank was quoted as saying by The Indian Express in Bengaluru.

BJP, meanwhile, slammed authorities and the Congress-led Karnataka government on Friday for trying to raze a portion of Niranjan's house.

Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Shaina NC said that Niranjan died for the nation and that it was time the chief minister Siddaramaiah-led government leave behind hypocrisy and double standards.

"Niranjan Kumar was not just a martyr but somebody who died for the country and you have the municipal corporation of Bangalore going and trying to demolish his house and saying that the chief minister will give an alternate plot and then accommodate him at a later stage. I want to say it’s time we give up this hypocrisy and double standards," said Shania NC.

"Clearly there is collusion between the bureaucracy, the administration and the political class in this particular case. And it's a shame that we have done injustice to a martyr who died for the country," she added.

Shivarajan is in Palakkad making arrangements for organising a function on 15 August in memory of his martyred son, a bomb expert with NSG, who sacrificed his life during the terror attack on Pathankot airbase in January this year. He was killed while sanitising a terrorist's booby-trapped body.

Shashank told ANI that the family has not yet spoken to any government official. "A pillar of the house was marked and the officials left. It is not a common man's house, it's a national hero's house," he further added.

Even the Karnataka Home Minister G Parmeshwara  said that the government can give an alternative site to the family to build another house.


Meanwhile, BBMP continued with its encroachment clearance drive and marked many more buildings for demolition in Vidyaranyapura. However, the authorities on Friday gave Niranjan's family time to rectify the portion of the house that is coming in way of the demolition drive of BBMP.

"We are thankful to the corporation for giving us time, we will start the demolition of the encroached portion of our house by ourselves," said Niranjan’s brother Shashank.

It has identified and marked properties at Yelahanka, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bommanahalli, Mahadevapura and Yeshwantpur.

The residents of these areas have strongly criticised the BBMP officials for asking them to make alternative arrangements. On Tuesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had ordered action against 20 government officials for their involvement in encroachment of storm water drains in the city.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Aug 14, 2016 10:37 AM

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