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Killing of woman officer during demolition drive 'extremely serious': SC

Killing of woman officer during demolition drive 'extremely serious': SC Killing of woman officer during demolition drive 'extremely serious': SC
Sherri Watson | 02 May, 2018, 14:15

Upholding a National Green Tribunal order on April 17, the Supreme Court had said that all illegal constructions made by hotels and resorts in Kasauli must be demolished as they were endangering people.

A report from the team police come which says, that the demised were at a neighboring hotel overseeing demolition as this was creating some issue there.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday called the murder of the Assistant Town Planner in Kasauli as a "brazen attack" and criticised the Himachal Pradesh government for failing to provide requisite security to officials carrying out anti-encroachment drive. Superintendent Police (Solan) Mohit Chawla said that checking on interstate barriers had been intensified. Singh asked them to vacate his premises, but when they didn't listen, he started shooting. One bullet hit the officer who died on the spot, while a PWD worker Gulab Singh was injured and rushed to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, about 60 km away.

51 year old Shailbala Sharma along with four teams of the Town and Country Planning Department, reportedly were razing unauthorized construction in the vicinity, on the order of the High Court, when the shoot incident took place on Tuesday.

Solan police have already declared a reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone giving information about the culprit to the police which will help the police to arrest the criminal.

Later, several hotel owners had approached the Supreme Court challenging the NGT order.

In response, hotelier Vijay Singh, the owner, opened fire. Meanwhile, the demolitions teams demolished the unauthorised constructions at hotels and resorts. You are admitting that you were supposed to make only two-storeyed buildings. Terming the Kasauli incident extremely serious, the Supreme Court said the female official had gone there to implement the apex court's orders.

"You (hotel owners) admitted that there is unauthorised construction". The bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also observed that the life of people can not be endangered for making money.