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Residents raise voice against callous attitude of officials and political leaders

One of the houses that collapsed at a Dalit colony at Bajpe in Mangalore, on Tuesday.— Photo: R. Eswarraj
One of the houses that collapsed at a Dalit colony at Bajpe in Mangalore, on Tuesday.— Photo: R. Eswarraj

People of Tottiluguri in Bajpe were angry that the ministers made a bee-line to the area on Tuesday only after four lives were lost and none of them was around when they sought their help beforehand.

Home Minister K.J. George, Minister for Forest and Environment B. Ramanath Rai and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Fisheries Abhayachandra Jain were among the leaders who visited the area.

Devastated by the death of her family members, Sujatha, who was inconsolable, told Mr. George, “You all did not come when we wanted you to see our problems here. And, now what is the use. Four lives are lost”.

The residents raised their voice against callous attitude of officials and political leaders, who, they said, had ignored them when they tried to tell them the about the danger from the multi-storied commercial complex coming close to their houses. “Authorities have allowed the construction disregarding our complaint,” said another resident. The residents asked Mr. George to direct officials to take action against the builder.

Deputy Commissioner N. Prakash, who accompanied Mr. George, tired to pacify residents. He said arrangements were being made to shift all the 18 families in the locality, who face prospect of damage because of rain, to a hostel maintained by Bajpe Panchayat. He said Rs. 1.5 lakh will be paid as compensation to members of family of each of the four deceased persons. “But we want action against the builder,” said an anguished resident.

Mr. George assured them that he would have the official inquire into the legality of the structures affecting their houses. Following the visit of Congress Ministers, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and MLC Monappa Bhandary visited the site of the accident.

You all did not come when we wanted you to see our problems here. And, now what is the use. Four lives are lost

Sujatha

A relative

Authorities have allowed the construction disregarding our complaint. We want action against the builder

A resident

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