Karnataka authorities demolish hotel of SDPI president, politician alleges selective targeting

A screen grab showing police personnel outside hotel.

Municipal authorities in Udupi area of Karnataka, demolished two hotels Zaithoon and Zara early this morning, citing the absence of license. The hotels belong to the Social Democratic Party of India President and his brother.

However, Nazeer Ahmed, owner of Zaithoon and Udupi district SDPI president alleged it was selective targeting.

“There are around 18 buildings without licence in Udupi. But just because we supported the girls and participated in the Karnataka bandh against the hijab ban we are being attacked,” Maktoob media quoted Nazeer Ahmed as saying.

The hotel is constructed on the Waqf property belonging to Jamia Masjid in the city. Previously a scrap shop had stood there. In 2018 a demolition order was issued by CMC, as the hotel was renovated and extended to an 1800 sq ft area without receiving approval.

“We had applied for the licence but it was getting delayed even though the portion before the extension has got door number. We had a stay order against the demolition order, but the stay was vacated in August,” Nazeer said, as per report.

Nazeer said they have got the trade licence and only the extended part was remaining to receive the licence.

Admitting that there are buildings without a licence in Udupi town, MLA Raghupathi Bhat from BJP said, “It was earlier decided in the general body meeting by Municipal Council that the hotel will be demolished.” He added that all the buildings that have failed to get licences will soon be demolished.

While the case is pending in court, without prior notice a huge contingent of police along with a bulldozer had come to demolish the hotel, which brought local sentiments against the government. Previously the hotel was in the news after ANI reported their free food service.

However, after negotiation owners themselves were left to remove the building, with the Municipality officials overseeing the arrangements, the report said.


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