A senior citizen and retired teacher, Huliyappa (77), is critical but stable after being brutally stabbed by a scrap dealer Sohail and his accomplice, in Yeshwantpur area of Bengaluru on Saturday night.
As per reports –
“Around 8.30 p.m., a youth came to the retired teacher’s house asking if he could rent the cellar in a building owned by the latter. As Huliyappa let the youth into his house, another man barged in. The two attacked Huliyappa with a dagger and stabbed him in the neck.
The duo fled from the scene as Huliyappa screamed for help. Neighbours alerted the police and then Huliyappa was taken to a hospital.
The victim identified his attacker as Sohail, son of Wazir to whom he has rented out a plot of land in the APMC yard to run a scrap business, the police said. According to the police, Huliyappa has been asking them to vacate the land for the past four months.
The police have detained Sohail’s accomplice Rajesh, who posed as a prospective tenant.
“We are tracking down Sohail, who is on the run. He did not want to vacate the plot and hence decided to kill Huliyappa,” a police officer said.”
Such cases of encroachment and use of illegal tactics to grab land are growing increasingly common across the country. It is often observed that above market rates are offered initially to lure prospective property/land owners, before the true face is unveiled.
Even if the owner musters the will and energy to fight exhaustive legal battles, intimidatory tactics are used forcing the former to cut their losses and relocate. Many areas are witnessing demographic change as well due to this creeping encroachment strategy.
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