Following the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMPdesignation )’s of their home for demolition, a couple made threats to commit suicide. Their attempt, however, was foiled by Bengaluru police, according to persons with knowledge of the situation on Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, the event occurred in KR Puram’s Gayathri Layout when BBMP officials arrived at the scene to destroy a section of the house that was bordering the stormwater drain.
Sona Singh and Sunil Singh, the couple, are the owners of a three-story building in KR Puram, according to the police. They stood outside their home along the wall with what appeared to be a bottle of gasoline in an attempt to halt the demolition when a bulldozer came close to their home.
The two initially blocked the drive with cans of gasoline while requesting that the officials back off. However, when the officials refused to budge, the two doused themselves in gasoline and made threats to commit suicide, claiming that they had documentation proving that their home was not built illegally over a stormwater drain.
The couple demanded that the destruction be stopped when the police got involved. “To build this house, we took out a loan for 40 lakh rupees. How can it be destroyed? We constructed this home 15 years ago, and we won’t let you tear it down, they declared.
The couple argued that the police officers should return or else we would self-immolate when the officials insisted that the residences needed to be destroyed. They will be held accountable.
Later, to prevent them from taking any drastic measures, police used water cannons to shoot water at them from all sides. The couple was then stopped by the police, who then escorted them to the edge of the border wall where they managed to stop the suicide attempt.
According to BBMP representatives, residents were given warning before the destruction. At the same location, a person was washed during the most recent flooding. The locals have already received a notice from us. They should not be protesting our drive right now. The whole house won’t be torn down. Basavaraj Kabade, the chief engineer for the Mahadevapura zone, told the press that only five feet will be destroyed.
When it comes to demolishing the buildings that intrude against the stormwater drains, the city authorities declared that they “won’t yield to any pressure.”
After a week of Dussehra festivities, the BBMP commenced on Monday the demolition of unauthorised buildings constructed on stormwater drains (SWD) in numerous areas of Bengaluru. Before the BBMP’s anti-encroachment effort, authorities from the revenue department and the police conducted surveys in KR Puram and the area around Mahadevapura.
As for maintaining law & order throughout the demolition campaign, BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath stated that the “police department is cooperating with the civic body officials.”
The law-and-order situation during the journey is being managed by police officers and BBMP marshals, he said. After numerous areas of Bengaluru were submerged by severe rains in September, the city council declared a demolition drive to clear all encroachments on stormwater drains, which were blamed for the flooding. The Mahadevapura region of East Bengaluru featured numerous IT parks, schools, and gated communities that were included on the BBMP’s list of illegal encroachments.
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