An ongoing dispute between residents of a Bengaluru apartment and a real estate company which built it turned violent on Monday. Videos of the incident show the goons punching Narasimhamurthy, a resident of the apartment.
Residents of HM Tambourine in JP Nagar told TNM that goons acting on behalf of HM Infra Tech Pvt Ltd attacked security guards and residents opposing construction work inside the premises of the apartment.
“They even manhandled a woman who opposed them. They assaulted our security guards. Pushed our residents including children and women. They attacked our co-resident Narasimha Murthy with a rod. While trying to escape, Murthy got a minor injury on his hand,” Abdul Aleem, a witness to the incident and a resident of the building, said.
Following this, the residents approached the Puttenhali Police Station and lodged a complaint on Monday. Based on that police registered a FIR against Ravi and his associates. Police say that Ravi and the other worked for HM Infra. They have been booked under sections 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 34 (Acts done by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
Residents allege that the real estate company intended to use a part of the open space to dump construction materials for a nearby project – HM Crescendo.
“A part of the open space was earmarked for future development, but they are exceeding the area and taking away our kids’ play area,” Aleem added.
The dispute, began in 2016 when the real estate company first mooted the construction and had even reached the Karnataka High Court. The HC is yet to pass an order on the issue.
But residents allege the police of are complacent in allowing the real estate company and ignore their complaints.
The residents had even written to the Puttenahalli Police Station Inspector citing the court orders but they say the police have not taken any action.
The article will be updated as and when real estate company reacts to the incident.