Mangaluru, Jan 29, 2015: Following the orders issued by a court here on January 28, Wednesday, as many as eight families residing at Bhavanthi street on the land in between Ramakanthi and Roopavani theatres have been asked to vacate.
The land is owned by Suresh Bhat and some of his partners based in Mumbai. It is learnt, the court has ordered that eight of the 31 houses in the area should be vacated.
The case was long pending in the court since the past 15 years. The first order was issued in 1999 but the case dragged on after the affected families challenged the order.
On January 29, Wednesday, court officials as well as the owners of the land arrived at the spot and asked the eight families to vacate. However, the families were unwilling saying they had no other place to go. Some of them even argued that though they have heard about the court order, the copies of the same have not been given to them.
Some even alleged that the land owner had assured to transfer the land to their name three years ago and that nearly 13 families had paid him Rs eight lakhs but of no avail. The owner however was not ready to accept this claim but said the families were unwilling despite being given time.
Some of the affected families even sought more time to vacate. Meanwhile, Sri Rama Sene leader Kumar Malemar who arrived at the spot requested the land owner to give three months time to the families to vacate.
But the owner was unrelenting and said that the houses would be vacated on Thursday itself and would be locked. The belongings which cannot be taken away immediately by the occupants can be collected later, he is learnt to have said.