Muvattupuzha Urban Bank evicts two children, attaches house; MLA Kuzhalnadan breaks sealed lock, lets them in

Mathew Kuzhalnadan MLA
Mathew Kuzhalnadan with the children inside the house at Paipra in Muvattupuzha on Saturday. The MLA breaks the lock (right). Photo: Screengrabs

Congress MLA Mathew Kuzhalnadan broke the sealed door lock of a house, attached by the Muvattupuzha Urban Co-operative Bank for defaulting on a loan, Saturday night.

The MLA who smashed the sealed lock with a hammer said he was ready to face any legal action that might arise as a result of his action.

The incident occurred at 8.30 pm in the 12th Ward of the Paipra Panchayat in Muvattupuzha, the MLA's constituency.

Kuzhalnadan shared a video of the incident on his Facebook page, in which he said that "no matter, which court passed the order, to lock the door by throwing two children out of the house at night is unacceptable".

Two of the four children of the "SC family" had been locked outside by the bank that planted a board on the premises saying the property has been attached.

In the video, the MLA and his colleagues can be heard arguing with policewomen -- who were present to allegedly prevent the activists from breaking and entering -- asking them to summon the bank officials.

After the policewomen said that more than one-and-a-half hours had passed since the bank said that they were sending an official to the site, the MLA, who had been sitting on the verandah sprung to his feet saying: "We tried everything, we're going to open."

According to the MLA, the family had defaulted on a loan of Rs 1.5 lakhs taken from the Urban Bank. "These two children are the eldest. Their father is a heart patient and he was taken to the General Hospital today. The mother went along and these children were at home when the bank attached the property.

"Several such activities are happening in the state as per the SARFAESI Act ( Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest Act, 2002)," he said.

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