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UP govt resolves Russian woman’s Agra property dispute after Sushma’s request

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj sought the help of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday in a case involving a Russian woman, who alleged abuse by her in-laws in Agra.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2016 03:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Olga Efimenkova,Russian woman in Agra,Russian woman property dispute
Olga has been united with the family and the government assured she will get her portion of the house.(Photo posted on Twitter by CM Office, GoUP)

A Russian woman who alleged abuse by her in-laws in Agra over a property dispute was “united” with the family on Sunday after the intervention of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

First, it was Swaraj who sought Yadav’s help. Soon after her tweet, Agra police stepped in to resolve the matter.

Olga Efimenkova was protesting outside the house of her mother-in-law, demanding her husband’s share in the property.

Hours later, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s office tweeted that “the lady has been united with the family after counselling the in-laws”.

Swaraj thanked Yadav in another tweet that said: “Thank you Akhilesh ji for resolving this. Such incidents affect country’s image,” she posted.

Olga married Vikrant Singh Chandel in 2011 and they have a son. The couple had been residing in Goa, but after suffering losses in business they returned to Agra.

However, when the couple reached their house, they were not allowed entry as Vikrant’s mother, Nirmala Chandel, had gifted the property to her daughter who runs a school there.

“Policemen from New Agra police station reached here today and interacted with us. They have suggested that we can live in the portion rented out to tenants by my mother-in-law,” Olga said.

A case was registered on Olga’s complaint against Chandel and three others, said AK Singh, the in-charge of New Agra police station.

“It is basically a family dispute and we are interacting with family members and hope to resolve the matter soon,” Singh said.

First Published: Jul 11, 2016 01:08 IST