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‘Dead’ father files case against son for false claims of his death to get loan

A man has accused his son of acquiring a loan on the false claim of his death, apart from attempting to seize the ancestral property in Jharkhand.

cities Updated: Dec 13, 2016 22:01 IST
B Vijay Murty
B Vijay Murty
Hindustan Times
Satya Nath Mandal has approached Jamshedpur Police seeking protection from his son who had mortgaged ancestral property by falsely claiming his father had died.
Satya Nath Mandal has approached Jamshedpur Police seeking protection from his son who had mortgaged ancestral property by falsely claiming his father had died. (Representative photo/Shutterstock)

A man in Jharkhand’s Seraikela-Kharsawan district has approached police for protection from his son, who acquired a bank loan six years ago claiming his father was dead.

Satya Nath Mandal went to the Jamshedpur Police alleging his son had forcibly taken up residence in his house and was attempting to take over his property.

The accused, Durga Charan Mandal, had in 2006 declared his father dead and mortgaged the family’s ancestral property to acquire a loan from a bank. The family was unaware of this until earlier this month when the bank came looking for Durga who remains in debt.

To evade the officials, Durga left his house in Gamharia, Seraikela-Kharsawan district, and came to his father’s home in Jamshedpur’s Sonari locality. Satya, a pensioner with the postal department, also alleged that his son has since been attempting to bully him into leaving the house and going back to his village.

“We have received a complaint from Satya Mandal. Punitive actions would be taken against his errant son if the charges are found to be correct,” a senior official with Jamshedpur senior police superintendent’s office, said.

“Firstly, he mortgaged our ancestral property after declaring me dead. My two younger brothers, who own shares in the property, are blaming me instead for conniving with my son in the illegal act. Now, he is up to evacuating me from my house. I have prayed to authorities to save me from my son, as I apprehend he can even eliminate me to fulfil his desires,” said Satya Mandal, at the Jamshedpur court premises.

Satya’s lawyer, Sudhir Kumar Pappu, said that Durga had already begun constructing rooms for his family to stay without seeking his father’s consent.

“He is threatening his father with dire consequences if the old man confronted him. I had accompanied the victim to the Sr SP office. The local police station would be visiting his house in the evening for an on-the-spot inspection,” the lawyer said.

As per land records, Satya and his two brothers own ancestral land measuring 9 acres 43 decimals at Bhurudih village in Seraikela-Kharswan village. Durga is eldest of Satya’s three sons. When Satya’s wife died in 2004, he moved to his Sonari house along with his two younger sons, but Durga stayed back. It was during this time that Durga acquired the loan.

Sudhir Pappu is also pushing for prosecuting the then circle inspector of Seraikela and officials of the bank who approved the loan without verifying the documents that declared Satya as dead.

First Published: Dec 13, 2016 22:01 IST

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