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Threat finger at Sonari builder

Sonari resident B.P. Sharma, whose house was demolished by a local builder on September 9, on Thursday filed a petition in the court of judicial magistrate K.M. Prasad, seeking protection from the builder’s henchmen.

Sharma requested the magistrate to direct East Singhbhum SSP to ensure proper security for him and his family.

The petition mentioned that the builder’s brother Keshav Nayak and his associate Shankar Rao had on Wednesday threatened Sharma with dire consequences while brandishing a revolver at him in front of a house on Road No 20 in Kagalnagar West Layout in Sonari where he was staying at present. The two told him to go to court and withdraw the case against builder Abhay Kumar Nayak or else he and his family would be wiped out.

Sharma in his plea alleged that the police were siding with the main accused, and Keshav and Shankar, who were also accused in the case, were roaming freely.

Abhay and his henchmen had on September 9 demolished a house on Road No. 2 in Sonari West Layout by evicting Sharma's family from the portion they lived in. Sharma had apparently bought the portion of the house for Rs 12 lakh from his landlord Shyamal Ghosh, but Abhay, who had bought the remaining portion of the house from Shyamal’s brothers Kamal and Amal, demolished the house.

The victim had approached the police when the accused were trying to evict him, but the police went slow and allowed the builder to demolish the house despite the fact they were shown the necessary papers. Sharma had earlier filed a case with the Jamshedpur civil court staking his claim on the portion of the house after Kamal had disputed his brother's decision to sell.

After The Telegraph reported the matter, the police allowed Sharma to file an FIR.

The erring builder was nabbed on September 15 and the excavator used in the demolition seized.

The erring builder was nabbed on September 15 and the excavator used in the demolition seized. The builder is at present lodged in Ghaghidih Central Jail.

The builder's bail petition was rejected by the court of district judge Amitabh Kumar on September 18, following which Keshav and Shankar threatened Sharma.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Sharma said while the family was being thrown out of home, most of their household articles were damaged. The family of six moved in with relatives for a few days, before shifting to a rented house on Road No 20 in Kagalnagar.

“Now the place is under complete control of the builder's men and I am not even able to go to the plot where the house was located,” said Sharma.

Deputy superintendent of police, Headquarters-II, Rajkishore Prasad, who looks after Sonari police station said both Keshav and Shankar were absconding. “We are trying to arrest the two. If they continue to hide, we will issue attachment warrants against them,” the DSP said.