A 97-year-old freedom fighter in MP’s Ratlam district has threatened to go on an indefinite fast if the alleged construction work of his neighbour’s house is not stopped by Ratlam Municipal Corporation.
While talking to reporters at the circuit house on Tuesday, Rajmal Choradiya alleged that his neighbour is constructing his house in such a manner that it likely to damage his (Choradiya’s) old house.
He said he had moved the high court and that the court, in its order, had directed the neighbour not to damage his house in any way.
Choradiya said the municipal corporation had cancelled his neighbour Bhagwandas Laxminarayan’s permission for construction. He alleged the neighbour is continuing with the construction.
Choradiya alleged that his neighbour Laxminarayan was able to continue his construction due to corruption among the municipal corporation officers who are not taking any action.
Choradiya said he will meet the collector and then decide on his next step. If illegal construction work by his neighbour is not stopped he will sit-on an indefinite fast along with his son Pratap and his daughter-in-law Kusum Choradiya. He also threatened self immolation.
Choradiya had complained about the construction work in August as well and had threatened to boycott Independence Day function. Then Paras Jain, the minister incharge, had gone to Choradiya’s residence and promised to solve his problem.
Choradiya alleges that nothing has happened since then.
Ratlam municipal corporation executive engineer SS Rajawat said that the corporation has given ‘conditional’ permission for construction in compliance with the high court’s order that no harm should occur to Choradiya’s house due to it.
Rajawat said they will look into the construction to ensure that the court order is being complied with.