Mangaluru, Dec 24, 2017: Eight shops adjoining the National Highway at Baikampady were bulldozed without any prior notice during the early hours of December 24, Sunday. Two hotels, a wine shop and a grocery store were among the shops which were bull dozed between 4 am and 6 am.
Locals and the shopkeepers have alleged that neither the MCC nor the National Highway Authority had issued any notice to the shopkeepers.
It is said some hotel staff were inside the building when the operation took place, but quickly ran out on hearing the sound of bull dozers. Though it is said that the operation was conducted by the National Highway Authority of India to facilitate highway works, both the MCC and the NHAI have said that they were have not resorted to any such operation. Even the district administration and city Police Commissioner said they had no such information.
Meanwhile, local MLA Moidin Bava, CPI(M) State Secretary G V Srirama Reddy and State DYFI President Muneer Katipalla visited the spot and spoke to the affected people.