A state excise officer, who had allegedly given his official government quarters on rent to a family, has been accused of thrashing up all the family members and throwing them out of the house. The incident happened on Monday evening at the government quarters in Bandra (East).
The family members — woman, daughter and son — had to spend the night at Bandra terminus. The woman's husband was out of the city. Incidentally, the daughter has her Std X board exam on Wednesday and her hall ticket is inside the rented flat.
According to the police, the victim, Pushpa Ladva, and her husband, Vijay, approached the Kherwadi police station on Tuesday morning and narrated the incident. "Vijay works as a private contractor for the BMC and was staying in the government quarter, which was rented out by a state excise officer," an officer said.
"The excise officer helped me get work with the BMC. The government flat allotted to him was lying vacant so I took it on rent and was staying there with my wife and daughter," said Vijay.
"Around three months ago, he (the excise officer) took the flat's key from me. But because my daughter's exams are starting from Wednesday, I requested him to return the key."
On Monday evening, the excise officer came to the flat with a woman and thrashed Pushpa and the children, the husband-wife duo said in their police complaint.
"We were then forced to spend the night at Bandra terminus. I am worried about my daughter's exam," said Pushpa.
Inspector of Kherwadi police station Anand Jadhav said, "The victim, her husband and daughter visited the police station and narrated the incident. We assured them of help. A police team has been searching for the flat owner to verify the facts." The police have asked the family to move back into the house.