Pathankot hero's house to be partly razed; family's pleas fall on deaf ears

Published: 11th August 2016 04:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2016 06:30 AM   |  A+A-

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BENGALURU: A part of the house of Lt Col Niranjan, who died during the Pathankot terror attack in January, is also facing the threat of demolition during the ongoing demolition drive by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for encroachment of a rajakaluve.

On Wednesday, a demolition team headed by BBMP Joint Commissioner Sarfaraz Khan visited Doddabommanahalli area in Yelahanka zone where the house of Lt Col Niranjan is located. The officials had already made markings on a part of the house which is to be demolished and arrived there on Wednesday to carry out the demolition.

Pathankot.jpgHowever, Niranjan’s mother Radha Shivaraj requested the BBMP officials for 15 days time and assured that they will themselves vacate the encroached area. But the officials said they cannot do that.

BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad said, “The law is equal for everyone and we cannot spare anyone who has encroached the rajakaluve. We will demolish the properties which we have already marked. There is no question of leaving out any.”

One pillar of the duplex house, built on 30X40 feet site, stands on the rajakaluve. “This portion was constructed during the wedding of Niranjan when we had constructed a separate room for him. We have his memories and emotional attachment,” said his mother Radha Shivaraj.

She also said, “We are not asking them not to demolish it. If it is encroached, let them demolish. But our request is that we will do that job ourselves. If they use an excavator, the entire house will be affected. Instead, we will only clear it, but we need 15 days time as his father is out of station.”

Radha Shivaraj said her husband is in Kerala to oversee the construction of a tomb for Niranjan. “He will be back after 15 days. I’m trying to buy time till then. Once he is back, we’ll do it on our own. We hope the officials understand our feelings and excuse us for sometime,” she said.

Lt Col Niranjan E Kumar died during the terror attack at Pathankot in January. An NSG commando, he was killed while defusing a grenade at the scene of the terror attack.

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