Kumarakom Rajappan files complaint against relatives for looting his money, boats
Kottayam: Kumarakom native Rajappan, who rose to fame through the Prime Minister's 'Mann Ki Baat' programme, has filed a complaint to the district police chief stating that the financial assistance he received was looted by his relatives.
The complaint has been lodged against Rajappan's sister, brother-in-law and nephew. Rajappan has stated in the complaint that they withdrew Rs 5,08,000 from his bank account without his knowledge and also took away his two boats.
Hailing from Kumarakom Manjadikkari, Rajappan was affected with polio from a young age. He has been surviving by collecting empty plastic bottles from water bodies and selling them for the last 15 years.
After getting featured in 'Mann Ki Baat', several voluntary organisations came forward to help Rajappan. He opened an account with Federal Bank Kumarakom branch. He received about Rs 21 lakh in the account and was also given two boats.
As Rajappan was physically challenged, he asked the bank officials to add his sister as nominee to help him manage the account. Soon after receiving the assistance, his sister and family did not let him go back to their brother who was taking care of Rajappan till then. They also manhandled the brother who visited Rajappan.
Rajappan had withdrawn Rs 3 lakh via cheque for personal use. As individuals and organisations offered to build a house if he has land, Rajappan requested his siblings to give him 3-cent land from the family property.
But his sister said they will give Rajappan land only if he gave Rs 10 lakh to his nephew. As he refused, they continued fighting. Following this, Rajappan was staying with his brother. He realised that the account was opened as a joint account and Rs 5,08,000 was withdrawn only when he checked the account later.