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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Rajasthan cops denied entry to resort, again

Tribune News Service

Gurugram, July 20

A day after the showdown with the Haryana Police, Rajasthan Police's Special Operation Group (SOG) on Sunday night came looking for rebel Congress MLAs who are supporting suspended party leader Sachin Pilot.

The MLAs are reportedly putting up at Best Western Country Inn and ITC Grand Bharat near Manesar.

Led by SP Vikas Sharma, the SOG travelling in three cars reached Country Inn on Sunday but had to return empty-handed after 15 minutes as the resort authorities refused them entry on the pretext that it was a "quarantine centre", asking them to come on Monday with permission.

The SOG didn't come back on Monday. The Haryana Police kept vigil at the two luxury resorts.

Sources in the SOG claim the MLAs have been switching between the two resorts, which are 5 km apart. On Friday, the Haryana Police allegedly held up the SOG team outside Grand Bharat to help the MLAs shift to an undisclosed resort.

On Sunday, the SOG got a tip-off that the legislators had returned to Country Inn. So the team started from Rajasthan House in Delhi and reached Country Inn in a jiffy to catch the MLAs unawares. But the resort authorities denied them entry, claiming the resort was a "quarantine centre".

The 18 MLAs supporting Pilot have been reportedly putting up near Manesar since last week following the political rumblings in Rajasthan. The Nuh police are guarding ITC Grand Bharat, while the Gurugram police are deployed at Country Inn. The cops are reportedly in civvies.

from The Tribune

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