Harassed couple seeks cops' aid

A septuagenarian couple on Thursday approached the city police seeking protection from their son, who they say is repeatedly harassing them to grab a property owned by them. Their son has denied the charges.

Published: 25th October 2013 08:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th October 2013 08:32 AM   |  A+A-

Govindan-and-Omana

A septuagenarian couple on Thursday approached the city police seeking protection from their son, who they say is repeatedly harassing them to grab a property owned by them. Their son has denied the charges.

The elderly couple Govindan (77) and Omana (70), originally from Kerala and residing at Taramani in Chennai, submitted a petition seeking legal action against their son.

Speaking to reporters, the couple said their son is being involved in the intimidating tactics and had even disconnected the electricity supply to their house as they refused to heed to his demands. “He had built a house on a portion of land owned by us in the city without our permission. He also wants us to transfer the title of the entire land to him. He never took any efforts to look after us and many times even beat up us. So we rejected his demands. Since then he has been harassing and issuing death threats,” said Omana.

Accompanied by an advocate, the couple met a senior police officer in the city police office and submitted the petition. “The elderly couple had rented out a portion of the building owned by them in the land which is their only source of income. However, their son has intimidated the tenants and asked them to the pay the rent to him, instead of his parents,” said advocate Guhan, who accompanied the couple.

Omana said they had submitted a petition last year to the city police, but no action was taken till date.

When contacted, the couple’s son G Ramakrishnan denied the allegations. He said the police had enquired the complaint filed an year ago and did not take any action against him as they found no truth in the allegations. He said Omana is trying to transfer the property in Govindan’s name to her and she is raising such baseless allegations.

“I constructed the house a decade back after my father permitted me to do so.  They are now receiving `30,000 as rent. It is not true that they are left without any sustenance. My parents are not staying in Taramani now. They are staying in Thiruvanathapuram and visit Chennai only to collect rent. She wants to sell all Govindan’s properties and settle down in Thiruvanathapuram, her native place,” said Ramakrishnan.

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