Kolkata: A promoter living as a tenant at a two stored house in Salt Lake was arrested after he had allegedly assaulted, threatened and demanded Rs. 1 crore from the septuagenarian couple owning the house for leaving the property and move away.
Police said, the original tenant Omprakash Gupta had brought another person Suresh Gupta, 55 to live at the ground floor of CD 258 in Salt Lake and had himself, left the house before the end of the tenancy period on November 2010. When the elderly couple of Keshab and Protima Chowdhury asked Suresh Gupta to leave, he threatened the couple to either let him make a flat at the top floor of the house or pay him Rs. 1 crore after which he would only leave the house. Gupta had also did not pay the rent of Rs. 3000 for the 2000 square feet space for the past several months.
The couple said they had intimated the officers of Bidhannagar North police station about the fact that Suresh was living there illegally but apparently they had not taken any action. A complaint was lodged last October after Gupta had allegedly hit one the woman when she asked him to leave.
“The man had started breaking down a portion of the house and was constructing a separate portion to which we objected. The man then hit us and threatened to even kill us,” said Protima Chowdhury.
Chowdhury added that Gupta used to pressurize them to sell him the house at a throwaway price or pay him Rs 1 crore after which he would leave.
Police arrested Gupta from the house on Monday and booked him under sections 327 (voluntarily causing hurt to extort property), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation). If convicted, he can be jailed for a maximum period of ten years.
“It looks like the man had an intention to drive away the elderly couple from the house and take possession of the property. We have arrested him on specific charges labelled by the elderly couple,” said an officer of Bidhannagar North police station.