It took Suresh Jumani, 53, over two months and several trips to various officers to get a first information report (FIR) registered after a man allegedly usurped his father's property.
Jumani alleged that one Surjansingh Ahuja, 76, and two others broke into his father's shop at Vidya Bhavan in Fanaswadi on November 8, 2010. However, the FIR was registered only on January 28 at the LT Marg police station.
According to Jumani, the shop, which is used as a godown to store goods, is in the name of his father, Manoharlal, 79. However, Ahuja has taken possession and is forcing them to sell it at a price much lower than the market rate, he alleged.
“We have been running to the police since the day the shop was broken into,” Jumani told the Hindustan Times.
He alleged that the local police was favouring Ahuja. “We had approached senior police officers for help, but despite that the FIR was registered almost two-a-and-half month after the incident took place,” he said.
However, Ahuja's son Satinder Pal Singh refuted the allegations claiming that they had documents to show that they owned the property.
“We have purchased the property and the process was entirely legal. Jumani has been making frivolous allegations against my father and I am consulting my lawyer to lodge a defamation case against him,” Satinder said.
Satinder said the property in question was very small. “It’s only a 120sqft area and would not cost more than Rs20 lakh in the market. Why would we try to take it forcefully?” he asked.
Ashok Sarambalkar, inspector, LT Marg police station, said the FIR had been lodged and they were investigating the matter. “Till now Ahuja has not shown any document supporting his ownership claims,” Sarambalkar said.
When questioned about the delay in registering the FIR, Naval Bajaj, additional commissioner of police, south, said the police had to conduct an inquiry and find that a cognisable offence could be made out before registering the offence.
“It’s a technical matter and so we carried out an inquiry. We will investigate the matter now that the offence has been registered,” Bajaj said.