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Woman jumps to death to prevent her house from being demolished in Pune

Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporation anti-encroachment squad was carrying out the drive in Pimple Gurav on Tuesday when the woman took the extreme step.

pune Updated: Jan 24, 2018 14:41 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation,PCMC
To protest and prevent the encroachment department of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation from taking action at Devkar Park in Pimple Gurav, a woman jumped from the fourth floor of the building in Pune on Tuesday. (HT PHOTO)

PUNE In a bid to stop an anti-encroachment squad from taking action against unauthorised construction carried out at her residence, a 30-year-old woman allegedly jumped to death from the fourth floor of Devkar Park in Pimple Gurav on Tuesday. The woman, identified as Devibai Ram Pawar, took the extreme step around 12.30 pm as she did not want the PCMC officials to demolish the building. The building is owned by Basant Pawar, who claims to be a labourer.

Devibai was a housewife and her father-in-law Basant Pawar had constructed the building on their farming land spread over an area of 2,000 square feet. This building was built by Pawar for the poorest section of the society a few years ago. Devibai’s husband is also a labourer and the family had taken a loan to construct the building. They sold a few units and kept some units with them to give out on rent.

Pawar alleged that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) did not issue any notice to them and went ahead with the demolition. He also termed the PCMC action as selective and unfair.

PCMC commissioner Shravan Hardikar said that the unauthorised structures on the top two floors had been demolished twice by the squad and the present case was a double violation as Pawar rebuilt the two floors despite it being demolished earlier.

“We had issued notices twice under the Municipal Corporation Act to Pawar, asking them to vacate the premises, but still they did not pay heed to our notices,” he said.

Hardikar further explained that the concerned area came under the green zone and permission requirements were very stringent for construction of buildings in the area. More than 100 policemen were deployed by the PCMC administration during the demolition. “We have captured the entire drive on camera and CCTV footage is also available. We will continue our demolition on Wednesday,” he added.

Panic gripped the residential society as protestors resorted to stone pelting after they found the woman lying injured on the ground. Devibai sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the Aundh district hospital where she succumbed, a police official said.

The irate mob also damaged a JCB machine which was parked in the nearby area. The squad had to temporarily stop their drive after the incident. A few days ago, a similar incident was reported when a resident of Morya Park had threatened to immolate himself if the anti-encroachment squad went ahead with the drive in Pimple Gurav area.

The police have registered a case of suicide under relevant sections of the IPC and would also question eyewitnesses and area residents about the incident.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 18:15 IST