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Punished for pointing out a wrong

Staff Reporter

Victim's water supply connection cut off

NEW DELHI: The president of the Rohini unit of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, Laxman Dass, who is also the president of the management committee of New Arya Cooperative Group Housing Society (Bhagirathi Apartments) at Sector 9 in Rohini, on Monday got the water connection of a resident disconnected for raising a point of law pertaining to the rights of residents.

The family of Sanjeev Kumar, who incidentally is the convenor of the Residents' Front on Delhi Cooperative Societies and has been raising the issue of rights of genuine society residents, has been going without water ever since its supply was disconnected by the society management. Mr Kumar claims his crime was that that he dared to question the right of a housing society managing committee -- which had not got its statutory audit completed within the statutory period prescribed in Section 60 of the Delhi Cooperative Societies Act and had therefore been rendered defunct -- to demand maintenance charges from the residents and had refused to pay them.

Subsequently, Mr. Dass marshalled his resources to teach Mr Kumar a lesson. And when Mr. Kumar called in the police to have his fundamental right to access to water protected, the RSS leader called in the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Rohini, Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal, to intimidate the police and ensure that they remain mute bystanders to the drama while the water supply was being disconnected.

As the police only promised to probe the matter and looked on haplessly while the BJP and RSS leader ran their diktat, the incident has left Mr Kumar deeply worried. Claiming that while there were around 120 defaulters in the society, only he was being singled out for raising a question of law, Mr Kumar said: ``It is a pity that in the world's largest democracy such violations of human rights are taking place under the nose of elected representatives of people with the police reduced to being a mute spectator. The worst part is that children and elders in the family are suffering the most.''

"Also, the manner in which the BJP MLA rushed to the spot on receiving the call from the RSS leader makes one wonder if it is proper for an elected representative of the people to conduct himself in this manner. How often do MLAs go out of the way to get the water connection of a resident disconnected?'' he quipped.

Noting that "it has been more than 24 hours since my family is suffering from the above illegality and even after having lodged a number of complaints to every official of Delhi Police,'' Mr Kumar, who would now be moving court against the alleged illegality, said thus far nothing has been done to restore the water connection and no FIR has been registered.

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