Disputed house set afire over ownership issue

June 16th, 2009 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, June 16 (IANS) A disputed house in this Uttar Pradesh town was set afire twice in a day allegedly by one of the two claimants, police said Tuesday.
The house, whose ownership is disputed was set ablaze allegedly by Tejender Singh, who claims to be the owner of the flat in Vaishali Sector-4 here, circle officer Rahul Srivastava said.

The police officer said Tejender Singh and his wife entered the flat no. 124 of Suryakiran Apartments that is presently inhabited by Mukesh Gupta, who is also claiming that he was the owner of the house and has documents to support his claim.

“The couple set the house afire, once in the afternoon and later again in the evening Monday. The house was locked but they broke open the lock and (then) locked themselves from the inside. It was only after the neighbours informed the police that the couple was forced out of the house,” Srivastava said.

Gupta’s belongings, including a sofa, some beds and other household items, were damaged in the fire.

“Both Gupta and Singh claim they are the genuine owners of the said flat. We are investigating and trying to ascertain the truth,” the police officer said.

The two claimants were later called at the Indirapuram police station with their respective documents.

A case was registered against the couple as “the wife threatened to commit suicide by immolating herself inside the flat,” Srivastava said.

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