Jaipur hotel sealed on beef rumour reopens after 74 days
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Jaipur hotel sealed on beef rumour reopens after 74 days

Jaipur Municipal corporation had sealed Hotel Hayat Rabbani on April 23 after cow vigilantes alleged that it served beef

jaipur Updated: Jun 01, 2017 20:55 IST
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Owner naeem Rabbani clicks a selfie with family members after the hotel was reopened on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Seventy-four days after it was sealed by the authorities following a siege by cow vigilantes over rumours that it served beef, a hotel in Jaipur finally reopened on Thursday.

Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) had sealed the Hotel Hayat Rabbani on March 19. Samples of meat had been seized for tests. The hotel remained shut despite a forensic science laboratory (FSL) report stating that the meat seized from the hotel was not beef.

The owners moved the court, which directed the JMC to unseal the hotel. The civic body challenged the order.

The hotel was opened after the Jaipur district and sessions court quashed the appeal by the civic body on May 23.

Naeem Rabbani, the owner, was a relieved man on Thursday. “The hotel has finally been opened today after the court order. In the last 74 days, I sustained loss of lakhs of rupees and have been through extremely tough times,” Rabbani said.

“When the court ordered the opening of the hotel for the first time on April 29, the JMC opposed it and I filed case of contempt of court against the civic body,” he said.

Earlier, on March 19, a crowd of more than 100 cow vigilantes led by Sadhvi Kamal “Didi”, the self-styled chief of Rashtriya Mahila Gauraksha Dal assembled in front of the hotel, chanting slogans of “Bharat mata ki jai and “Narendra Modi zindabad”.

“The hotel Hayat Rabbani in Jaipur is involved in various illegal activities including lodging Pakistani nationals illegally and employing child labourers. The locals from the area have also complained to me that every Sunday beef is served in the hotel,” the Sadhvi had then told the Hindustan Times.

Kavita Srivastava of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties termed the reopening of the hotel as a moral victory.

“The illegal act of the Jaipur mayor to seal the hotel on baseless facts has been reversed by the judiciary and has exposed the collusion between the JMC-police and gau rakshaks,” said Kavita Srivastava of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

“Naeem Rabbani was targeted as he is a Muslim,” she said.

Srivastav also demanded that Kamal ‘Didi’ be arrested and action be taken against police officials who were present at the time of the incident.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 20:54 IST