Failing to check the antecedents of your tenant before renting out your house can be disastrous. This is exactly what happened to a 25-year-old landlord in Tavarekere behind Christ University. The tenant, being an anti-social element, had made the victim’s house an epicentre for his criminal activities. Knowing this, the landlord forced the accused to vacate the premises. Frustrated, the tenant along with his three associates, attacked the landlord with lethal weapons. Three fingers on the left hand and one finger on the right hand of the victim were completely cut, plus an injury in the stomach, were what the landlord got in return for his request for vacation of the property.
The victim, S Rohith Kumar, who owns a residential complex at Doddamuthappa Garden on Tavarekere main road, had rented the house to the accused identified as Suresh. The accused, along with his associates, would threaten locals at knifepoint and was extorting money from them. He was using the house for all his anti-social activities. Some victims had even reported the matter to the police. Realising the dangers of having rented out his house to this goonda, Rohit forced Suresh to vacate.
“After vacating the house, the accused shifted to Gurrappana Palya on Bannerghatta main road. Later, the accused along with his gang of criminals kept coming near our house in search of Rohith. But the victim had taken it lightly, resulting in the attack. Suresh along with three others attacked Rohith while he was standing outside the house, a few days back. The miscreants chased and beat him for nearly 15 minutes.
The accused used a machete, iron rods and knives to attack the victim. Luckily, Rohith survived. He has undergone multiple surgeries on his arms and stomach and his condition is still critical,” the victim’s uncle Manjunath told BM. When the victim was pleading for help, a few locals along with the victim’s friends came to his rescue. They even tried nabbing the accused, who escaped by threatening them with lethal weapons. A month ago, the accused had even attacked the victim’s friends, Kallesh and Bheemaraj.
“The statements of the victim have been recorded at the private hospital where he is being treated. The condition of Rohith is critical. The search for Suresh and his associates are on. The same accused had stabbed a youth while he tried to overpower him while stealing petrol from his bike some time ago,” said an officer part of the investigations.
The South East division police have registered a case of attempt-to-murder under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code and are further investigating.
Unlike in other metros, Bengaluru police do not insist on verification and submission of a photograph of tenants along with personal details to local police station before renting out premises. When contacted, DCP (South East) MB Boralingaiah said a majority of house owners in the city do not bother to conduct a proper verification of tenants before entering into a rental agreement. Police officials admitted it could also turn out to be a major security lapse in a metro like Bengaluru.
“Apart from safety issues, the owner could be booked if his tenants turn out to be using his premises for carrying out illegal activities. Very few people in the city bother to carry out a proper background check,”said Boralingaiah.
Police also added that in cases where tenants use rented premises for criminal activity, it is the responsibility of house owners to prove his ignorance. Interestingly, the city police tried to impose mandatory verification of tenants in 2008 and in 2011.
Credits Bangalore Mirror