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Owner shuts eatery in Ahmedabad, sticks notice saying police issued threats



Aroad-side eatery on SP Ring Road has downed its shutter after being threatened by a police inspector of the Sarkhej Police Station on Saturday evening. It is the same hotel where four policemen had bashed up employees and forced them to do sit-ups at 4.30 am on February 1after being denied food. Following the outrage , the four cops were suspended.

One of the partners of Shree Dwarkadhish Hotel, Tarunsinh Zala, told Mirror: “We have been receiving a lot of threat calls soon after we registered a complaint against the errant cops. On Saturday night, around 11.30 pm, Police Inspector P R Ramani visited our eatery and enquired about the AMC licence. He directed us to close the restaurant and threatened that if we don’t do so then he will file one complaint against us every hour.”

The restaurant has also put up a notice outside, which reads: “Police Inspector P R Ramani, posted at Sarkhej Police Station, came and closed our eatery directing us not to operate or else a complaint will be filed against the owner every hour.” Following the beating up of the four employees, all the four constables — Mukeshdan Gadhvi, Pradhyumansinh, Sadiq Hussain and Harpalsinh – were suspended by Ahmedabad Rural SP Rajendra Asari on Friday.

Later the same day, all were arrested by the Sarkhej Police. Tarunsinh further said, “Only the civic body has authority to check the licence and not the police. The cops were frequenting the place for over three months. But once the complaint was filed against them and we refused to settle the matter, they are harassing us. We applied for the AMC licence three months ago and are awaiting approval.” PR Ramani said the eatery does not have a licence. “On Saturday I asked them to close for breach of rules. Owners are breaking rules and spreading lies about me and police.”

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