Kasauli hotelier shoots a woman dead, had come to remove encroachments by hotels, a PWD labourer injured, culprit on the run

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Kasauli encroachments
Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar (Owner Narayani Guest House)

The Hush Post: A WOMAN HAS BEEN SHOT DEAD IN KASAULI BY A HOTELIER. THE WOMAN WAS PART OF THE TEAM WHO HAD COME TO REMOVE THE ENCROACHMENTS MADE BY HOTEL OWNERS. The victim has been identified as Shailwala Sharma, assistant town and country planner, Solan. Another man, a labourer was injured and reportedly shifted to PGI, Chandigarh. The culprit has been identified as the owner of Narayani guest house. Sources say, the name of the culprit is Vijay Kumar.

The hotelier who fired at the woman immediately fled the scene. The police is now trying to get hold of the culprit. The bullet pierced Shailwala’s back and came out piercing her heart.

Earlier, Supreme Court had observed that the illegal encroachment had endangered the entire town, causing landslides. It also observed that the lives of people there can’t be be put to risk in order to mint money.

You just demolish it (unauthorised constructions). What is going on? You are admitting that you were supposed to make only a two-storeyed building. There was a landslide in your premises and you did nothing. You are putting people in danger. For what? Money,” the bench observed, while hearing the plea filed by one of the hotels.

“You demolish it. You are admitting that there are unauthorised constructions,” the bench observed and directed the authorities concerned to demolish it. When one of the counsel referred to an apex court order in a matter related to Manali in Himachal Pradesh, the bench said, “Either you demolish it (unauthorised constructions) or we will ask the authorities to demolish it. It is your choice. No instructions are needed. Let the authorities demolish it.”

Meanwhile, the vacationers afre finding it difficult to get accommodation in Kasauli this summer after the apex court ordered demolition of illegal constructions at many hotels in Kasauli and its vicinity.

The top court’s order supported the decision of the National Green Tribunal that had sought demolition of structures which were temporary including Bird’s View Resort, Hotel Pine View, Narayani Guest House, Hotel Neelgiri, Hotel Divshikha and AAA Guest House.

 

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