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Demolition drive pushes couple towards suicide bid

The demolition drive taken up by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in Bengaluru has forced a couple towards suicide bid. Sona Singh and Sunil Singh, a couple staying in Gayatri Layout, KR Puram, attempted to immolate themselves, protesting against the BBMP officials for demolishing their house.

BBMP has been conducting the demolition drive in Bengaluru and demolishing the constructions built on nalas and storm water drains. BBMP has taken this step since heavy rains a few weeks ago, inundated many parts of the city and created havoc. Constructions blocking drains and nalas were considered the main reason for flooding in Bengaluru. While the intention behind this drive is good, many innocent homeowners, who bought from builders, realtors or others without knowing that the property covered nalas, have been devastated.

“We are middle class people and have constructed the house with our hard earned money. We took a bank loan of Rs 40 lakh and are still paying EMIs. We bought land by paying money. We have been living in this house for 15 years and officials have never objected. But now they are demolishing our house,” said teary-eyed Sona Singh. 

When BBMP officials came to demolish house with bulldozers, Sona Singh and Sunil Singh poured petrol on themselves and tried to self immolate. People at the spot saved them by stopping them at right time when the couple lighted the match and tried to set fire themselves.

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