Rattled by an unauthorised compound wall in their park, residents of Defence Colony in Bengaluru are fighting to save their space. Making the fight harder is the fact that they are up against a Congress leader.
A board put out near the allegedly encroached space proudly declares it the property of a state Congress member. The Bengaluru district secretary of INCTU to be precise.
In a complaint letter to the BBMP as well as the police, citizens have accused unidentfied persons of attempting to encroach their park and open space within the colony. Residents first noticed the encorachment on November 12 when fencing was spotted at an open space within the colony. Neither the police nor the BBMP officials have done anything to clear the encroachment.
"We have written letters to everyone but no action to clear the encroachment has come about. No FIR has been registered so far despite a complaint being filed on November 13. No action has come from the BBMP as well", said Col (Retd) Raj Mannar, the President of the residents' association.
The residents fear that the compound will adversly effect residents and public who use the space as a park and playground. "Since no action has come from either the police or the BBMP, the entire space has been fenced up and a board now hangs there calling it the property of a private person", he added.
The residents deem the fence illegal since the said land is a subject matter of litigation in the Karnataka High Court. The HC has asked for status quo to be maintained on the property and the constuction is in violation of the HC order, the residents allege.