Shoot us, says Indira Bhaduri
REACTING ANGRILY to the demolition of illegal construction of actress Jaya Bachchan?s flat, her mother on Saturday alleged that Bachchan family was being targeted. ?Why stop at this, shoot us,?? Indira Bhaduri said angrily at a press conference in the City today.Updated: Sep 17, 2006 14:45 IST
REACTING ANGRILY to the demolition of illegal construction of actress Jaya Bachchan’s flat, her mother on Saturday alleged that Bachchan family was being targeted. “Why stop at this, shoot us,’’ Indira Bhaduri said angrily at a press conference in the City today.
On Thursday, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) had demolished the boundary walls of 24 flats at ground floor inside Ansal Enclave at Shyamla Hills following the reported directives of the Lokayukta. Jaya Bachchan owned a flat - H- 101/102 on the ground floor.
Sensing an opportunity, the state unit of Samajwadi Party – which Jaya Bachchan represents in the Rajya Sabha – joined the issue with Bhaduri and came out with allegations of targeted action by the Congress-led BMC under political pressure. The SP alleged that the Bachchan family was being targeted from New Delhi to Bhopal - a statement with which Bhaduri concurred. The party said this was being done at the behest of UPA chief.
“I don’t know why Bachchan family is being targeted. I am widow and living alone and even not involved in politics,” Bhaduri added. When asked if the BJP Government in the State and the Congress were creating problems for her and the Bachchan family, Bhaduri responded in the affirmative. At the same time, she said, my daughter and son-in-law are being unnecessarily dragged into the matter.
Some other residents of Ansal Enclave, who were also present, said they already filed the petition in the Supreme Court. But, the BMC demolished the boundary walls without any prior information. A resident, Labh Singh Ajmani and his wife, said that they had purchased the house with the boundary wall constructed by the Ansal Housing and Construction Limited.
Another resident Tahira Khan broke down during the press conference and said that she has tended a garden for years by spending a huge amount. But, the BMC destroyed all the greenery, she added.
Dr Kailash Agrawal, who owns flat No. K-102, said he and other residents had made complaint about the illegal construction on adjoining Paramount Villa campus to Lokayukta as the Bhopal Municipal Corporation has not taken any action.
He urged Lokayukta to issue similar directives in other cases. Agrawal and other residents also said that the authorities should also look into the illegal construction carried out by the residents of upper floors.
Samajwadi Party MLA Narayan Tripathi, who was also present at the press conference, alleged that the BMC authorities acted only on the reported verbal directives of the Lokayukta.
He said similar action should be taken against the basements and other illegal construction in the City. He said the SP would stage dharna and raise the issue in Vidhan Sabha. Tripathi also said his party would also meet the Chief Minister on Monday.
The lawyers of residents said the builder sold the open land to the affected flat owners at the rate of Rs 50 per square foot. They have No-objection Certificate (NOC) from the Nazool Department and Town and Country Planning. However, they could not show the BMC permission for the construction of boundary walls.