GUWAHATI, Feb 17 � After the mysterious blast that rocked Hotel Nezone on February 15 and the controversy over alleged extortion by an NSUI leader, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) today said that it had served notices to the hotel for non-availability of trade licence and it had earlier this year sealed the place.
�Notice was served to Hotel Nezone by the GMC due to non-availability of trade licence on March 3, 2014. The second notice was also issued to the hotel on March 28, 2014, but the party had not responded. All the notices were duly served to the hotel owner and proper receipt obtained.
After providing ample opportunity and due to the lack of response to the above- mentioned notices from the hotel owner, the sealing order was passed by the Commissioner, GMC under Section 390 of the GMC Act, 1969, on November 4, 2014,� said an official statement.
It added, �Hotel Nezone was sealed on January 6, 2015, by a team of officials of the GMC led by Collector, GMC in presence of the owner and police officials of Gorchuk Police Station.�
It said that before sealing the hotel, electricity supply was disconnected by Jagadish Kalita, JE, Electrical Branch of the GMC, along with Pradip Kalita, electrician of GMC and Manab Barman, helper, in presence of all the officers of the GMC.
�On February 15 at about 9:30 pm, a suspected blast occurred in the sealed Nezone Hotel damaging a major front portion of the building as well as some of the �seals� put by the GMC. A team of officials, namely Collector, Municipal Secretary, Medical Officer and Associate Planner of the GMC visited the site and after due inspection on February 16 an FIR has been lodged by Aroop Pathak, Collector, GMC in Gorchuk Police Station to investigate the matter,� said the statement.
It further added, �It has come out in a section of the media that there was a nexus between GMC officials and certain youth organisation in extorting money from the hotel owner.
The GMC strongly refutes such false and baseless allegation made against the GMC officials. In this connection, GMC wrote to Commissioner of Police, Guwahati to enquire into the matter and take necessary action as per provision of the law.�