Pune: A landlord along with his two other family members have been booked for physically assaulting a tenant after a brawl between them over non-payment of rent of the four months of lockdown period. A complaint has been filed in this regard at the Mundhwa police station.
Police have identified the suspects as Devendra Suresh Bhat, Nargis Bhat and Suresh Bhat. The tenant Roshan Suresh Parate (26) has filed the complaint against the trio with Mundhwa police.
According to the information revealed in the complaint, Roshan and his mother were staying as a tenant for the last four to five years. After the nationwide lockdown was imposed in March, Roshan could not pay the rent for the house he was staying in. Roshan also did not pay the power bills for the four months duration which amounted to a total of Rs 14 thousand.
Mundhwa police officials said a case has been lodged against the suspects based on the complaint filed by the tenant. Further investigations are being conducted and suitable action will be taken later.
The Maharashtra government had appealed to landlords in April month to delay rent collection by three months. It had also advised house owners to not evict tenants from their properties during the lockdown period. However, despite the government advisory landlords had put pressure on tenants to pay the rent. The reasons cited by landlords were that rent was their main source of income.
Pune police had lodged the first FIR against a house owner in Navi Peth on charges of violating the government order by demanding rent from a civil services aspirant student during the lockdown. Megha Bothra, a student from Chandrapur, who came to Pune to prepare for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination had lodged a complaint in this regard. The house owner was booked under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.