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HC summons officials over lawlessness at Kufri tourist spot

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday summoned various government officials including chief secretary over lawlessness at famous tourist spot Kufri, around 21 kms from Shimla.
A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan summoned chief secretary, secretary (Home) to the state government, DC, SP and DFO Forest, Shimla to be appear in court.
These orders were passed on a petition taken up suo moto by the Court as Public Interest Litigation on a letter written to the Chief Justice by Rakesh Mehta a resident of Kufri.
The petitioner has alleged in the petition that Kufri is well known tourist destination and large number of tourists visit this spot every year.  
A large amount of money from the public exchequer is being spent on the development of tourism activities in this area by the government through department of Tourism and Special Area Development Authority.
The petitioner has further alleged in the petition that the condition of the area has been deteriorating day by day. 
There are large number of horse in the area which litters all the roads, paths and public places with hoarse dung.
Most of these horses are being plied by minors and persons of Nepali origin who indulged in oral and physical abuse with tourist and local inhabitants, the petitioner alleged. 
Despite this fact being in knowledge of the district administration no concrete steps are being taken to restrict the number of these horses.
The petitioner has prayed in the petition that necessary directions may be issued to the district and police administration to check the menace of horse.
The matter will be now listed before the court on December 19, 2016.