'Owner' tries to break into senior couple's Bandra flat, arrested

Saturday, 14 December 2013 - 12:25pm IST | Agency: DNA

The Bandra police have arrested a person on Thursday for allegedly trying to break open the door of a senior citizen couple’s flat in Bandra (West) on Thursday afternoon. The arrested person has been identified as Rashid Rafiq Kadri, 44. The police are looking for his accomplices. 

The complainant, Ashimkumar Rajendranath Chakravarti, 75, lives in building 54/A at Bandstand with his wife and daughter.       

Chakravarti in his statement stated that a few people knocked on his door. When he opened it and saw them, he got scared and closed the door. Then, Chakravarti alleged, they banged on the door and shouted at him to vacate his flat. They also tried to break the door. “Chakravarti claims that they also tried to cut open the lock,” said a police officer. 

When Chakravarti called up the police for help, both the complainant and the suspect were brought to the police station for inquiry. 

Kadri has claimed that he had purchased the flat a few years ago from its owner. But Chakravarti who has been staying there for four decades is not ready to vacate the flat. Kadri said he had even given money to Chakravarti to vacate the place. 

“Chakravarti, on the other hand, claims that he is the owner but he failed to produce any document. We have lodged a case against Kadri since he allegedly tried to break the door and enter the house,” said police inspector Appasaheb Chavan.  

Kadri has been arrested on the charge of rioting, trying to trespass and several other relevant sections of the Indian Panel Code, the police added. During investigations, the police found out that Chakravarti has been a tenant in the flat for the past around 40 years and the flat belongs to one Samtani who lives abroad. Samtani allegedly told Chakravarti to vacate the flat a few years ago but when he refused, the owner filed a case against him.  

“Kadri told the police that he had purchased the flat in 2009 from Samtani and claimed he had all the documents,” said another officer.

However,  Chakravarti claimed: “I am staying in the flat since 1970 as a tenant. Samtani went to the court against me in 1990, but the judgment came in my favour in 2002 and it gave me the status of a legal tenant. As per the Maharashtra Rent Control Act, I am the legal client of the landlord.” 

“I came to know that Kadri is the legal owner when he approached us in 2010 and forced us vacate the house,” Chakravarti further said. 

When asked why he was not leaving the flat, Chakravarti said, “I am 75 and my wife is 67. How can I vacate the place when I have nowhere to go?”

Chakravarti denied that he had taken any money from Kadri to vacate the flat.

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