‘Shame’ that martyred soldier’s home is on Bengaluru demolition list: BJP

  • ANI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2016 11:33 IST
JCB demolished buildings that were built on encroached land and drainages during a demolition drive by the BBMP in Bommansandra area of Bengaluru. (PTI Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed administrative authorities and the Karnataka government on Friday for trying to raze a portion of the house of martyred NSG commando Niranjan Kumar who died in the Pathankot terror attack.

BJP leader Shaina NC told ANI that Kumar 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 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.

Kumar’s family said on Thursday that Niranjan was a national hero and sought more time from the government.

“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 can take him as just another person in the public. He is a martyr and the nation should think about this and support us,” Niranjan’s brother Shashank told ANI.

The 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 marked 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 BBMP officials for asking them to make alternative arrangements.

Karnataka’s home minister G Parameshwara said on Thursday that 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.

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