Coorg resort sealed after tourists flout lockdown orders

Police book cases against the five tourists as well for violating district collector's order

Kodagu: Kodagu district administration has sealed down a resort in Kodagu on Monday, and also suspended the license of the resort for accommodating five tourists in the resort, violating the restriction orders by Kodagu Deputy Commissioner.

The Suntikoppa police of Kodagu have booked a case against the five tourists as well, who were accommodated at the Padington resort.

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, Kodagu DC Anees Kanmani Joy had passed orders in March for closure of all hotels, resorts, home stays and lodges in Kodagu and she had prohibited the general public and tourists from staying in any of them.

According to a press statement released by Kodagu police, they received information that few people were staying at the Padington resort at Tondur.

When the police visited the spot along with Panchayat development officer Ravish they found that five people including a driver were moving in a jeep KA 12 P 1953 on Chiklihole road, towards Suntikoppe.

When they were stopped and inquired they had said that they were from the same family, and they were staying in the resort since before the lockdown. And they were returning from Chiklihole.

Suntikoppa Police of Kodagu have taken all five people including Karthik, Aruna, Chetan and Ranjith, and their driver Swamy and their jeep to custody.

They have registered a case under column 188 of IPC and 51 (A) of disaster management act 2005, against all five of them.

The license of the resort has been suspended until further orders, under section 70, 156 and 232 of Karnataka gram swaraj and pacnhayat raj act 1993 and it has been sealed, and they have warned of legal action, if they continue to operate.

According to sources, those who stayed at the resort were relatives of a JD(S) MLA and they had not come before the lockdown and they had only come to the resort only four days ago. Close associate of JDS (S) MLA confessed that those boys had claimed with police that they were MLA’s relatives.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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