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A part of Nagamarpalli's daughter's house has been demolished

Nagamarpalli, Narsingrao Suryavanshi, and 19 others have been issued notices to vacate by Saturday Of the 21 people who have received eviction notices, eight have approached the High Court

BIDAR: The district administration's drive to demolish unauthorised buildings continued in Bidar on Saturday. Officials of the district administration demolished part of the house belonging to Saraswati and S.R. Goni, daughter and son-in-law of the Minister for Forests and district in-charge Gurupadappa Nagamarpalli. The district administration identified that the back of the house (about 30ft by 17ft) was built on encroached land and issued a notice to them to vacate. On Saturday morning Mr. Goni told the Deputy Commissioner that he will vacate the house. Labourers demolished part of the house reported to have encroached upon government land bearing survey number 15. Mr. Nagamarpalli, Bidar MP Narsingrao Suryavanshi, and 19 others have been issued notices to vacate by Saturday. They said that they are not encroachers and that their houses are built on survey number 10 and 11.

According to them, they were allotted houses by the Karnataka Housing Board (KHB), a government body, and so cannot be blamed for mistakes committed by the KHB. However, the district administration said that they have encroached upon government land in their backyards beyond their allotments.

Of the 21 people who have received eviction notices, eight people have approached the High Court and have obtained a stay on demolitions. Another five have got a stay from the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal (KAT). Mr. Goni had not approached the courts. Mr. Suryavanshi got a stay from KAT, according to sources.

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