Mohammad Talib, a national hockey player based in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, says that he’s being forced to vacate his house and spend his life on the streets along with his family.
The family, according to Talib, is now living on the footpath with all their belongings and prizes bagged by Talib.
The house in which Talib lived was allotted to the family by the Prayagraj Development Authority in 2000, under a One-time settlement (OTS) scheme in the Corporation Colony of Tulsipur area.
25 thousand rupees were deposited by Talib’s Shah Alam to the Prayagraj Development Authority to acquire the property.
After failing to deposit the next installment, in 2009, the amount increased to more than one and a half lakh rupees.
Talib’s father was ordered to pay the entire dues in two installments. He deposited the first installment. In the second there was a delay of two weeks and authorities refused to deposit the money and the allotment got canceled in the year 2014.
About two weeks ago, on March 18, the authorities forced him out of the house along with all the belongings in the presence of the police and sealed the flat.
Talib’s family is ready to pay the entire installment, but according to officials they will have to pay nearly Rs 2.5 lakh from today’s price to claim the flat again within one week. After this, they will be allotted afresh.
Failing to do so, the lease and the installments reached to 17 lakhs and to reclaim the house again Talib has to pay the amount within one month, after the intervention of District Magistrate and Collector of the city.
“They are doing this deliberately to snatch this house of ours, being a hockey player I don’t earn much, where will I go now with my parents?” said Talib.
“We are ready to pay the amount but we need some time, one month is too little to gather such a huge amount,” he added.
The player said that he has approached the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath to seek help.
“I am a national hockey player, I’ve represented India on many platforms, at least they should consider this and treat me with dignity just like other celebrity players,” he added.