DC Asks Homeless Man Residing in Forest to Return, Promises Land

DC Asks Homeless Man Residing in Forest to Return, Promises Land

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-01-28 21:56 Mangaluru: The district administration has assured Chandrashekhar Gowda that it was willing to allot him an acre of land under the ‘Akrama Sakrama’ if he chose to give up his choice of living in the forest.Chandrashekhar had been living nearby a dense forest for the past seven years after the cooperative society seized his 2.29 acres of land as he had defaulted on repaying the loan amount.  After meeting with legal experts, psychiatrists and officers of the cooperative society on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim said the administration would be willing to grant him the land on humanitarian grounds even though the cooperative society had followed norms while seizing the property of Chandrashekhar. “The sudden shock of losing his land proved to be too traumatic for Chandrashekhar, forcing him to retreat from society. However, the district administration is ready to provide sufficient treatment and rehabilitate him in city if he agrees,” said Ibrahim.But Chandrashekhar did not agree to live in the city and stuck to his decision of living in the forest claiming that he had no money to live. Despite this, the Deputy Commissioner promised to bear all his expenses. But Chandrashekhar replied that he would not like to live on other people’s money. Later, Chandrashekhar was shifted to Wenlock Hospital for medical treatment.Well-known psychiatrist Dr Ravish Thunga was of the opinion that though Chandrashekhar behaved like a normal person, there was something abnormal in his attitude. Background  Chandrashekhar, a resident of Adthale in Aranthodu village, was a driver by profession. He had a car of his own. He took crop loan of Rs38,000 from Nelluru Kemraje cooperative society in 1999. As he was unable to repay the loan, the society seized the land and his oxen. Later, he was evicted in 2003. Meanwhile, his brother Ramachandra Gowda had also taken loan from the same society, for which Chandrashekhar was the witness. As his brother had also defaulted in repaying the loan, Chandrashekhar had to pay nearly around Rs80,000. Though Chandrashekhar lived in his brother and sister's home, the relations between them was strained. Therefore, Chandrashekhar converted his car into his home and began living near the forest. He had been engaged in weaving baskets for his livelihood after 2009.