BANGALORE: On the order demolishing of a portion of the house of NSG commando Niranjan Kumar, who was killed during the Pathankot terror attack in January, for encroachment on storm water drains in the city, his brother Shashank said this was a national heroe's house and so the government should give them more time to rebuild the house and not demolish it.
“This is a national hero’s house and he has sacrificed for the nation . He has sacrificed dying for the country during a terror attack. He was one of the top NSGs. He was a leader of bomb squad. He disposed nearly 3000 cases of bombs. He has been trained in FPI. He was a one respectful man and one brave soldier. So …we just can’t think him as a public he is a martyr ……and nation should think about this and support us,” Shashank told ANI.
He said, “We were requesting from day one that the time is one precious thing which would help us to reconstruct the house and if that is the solution what they have given then we are happy with it.”
He said his family does not need a new house to be allotted to them, adding that they just need some more time.
The ongoing demolition drive by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for encroachment on storm water drains in the city also marked Niranjan’s house under its demolition list.
BBMP has also marked many other buildings for demolition in Vidyaranyapura.
It had 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.
Karnataka’s Home Minister G. Parameshwara on Thursday said if the house built by the family of Pathankot terror attack hero Niranjan Kumar is illegal, it has to be demolished.
He further said that the family of the late NSG Commando can be provided with alternate accommodation, or the government can help them construct a new house.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earlier ordered action against 20 government officials for their involvement in encroachment of storm water drains in the city.