Authorities moved in the Lutyens' Zone around 4 pm with an eviction order from the Delhi High Court.
On Monday, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah’ estranged wife Payal Abdullah was evicted from their bungalow at Akbar Road. Authorities moved in the Lutyens’ Zone around 4 pm with an eviction order from the Delhi High Court. When the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITPB) personnel inside the premises refused to unlock the gate for them, J&K government officials sought the security at the Tughlaq Road police station in order to help them out, reports The Indian Express.
Around 4.50 pm, police and the officials returned to the bungalow. “The estate officer again asked the in-charge of ITBP personnel to open the gate, but he refused. Then, an ACP informed the security in-charge that by refusing to open the gate, he was stopping government officers from performing their duty, and legal action could be taken against him,” said the officer.
“A message was flashed on wireless and eight inspector rank officials, including two women, and three assistant commissioners of police were asked to reach Tughlaq Road police station. Within 15 minutes, all officers had reached and discussions were held on how to approach the task,” said a senior police officer.
In order to break through the gate, New Delhi Municipal Council officials called a carpenter. With the help of an iron cutting machine one side of the gate was removed and the staff entered the premises around 5.30 pm. At that moment, Payal Abdullah was not present in the bungalow.
She arrived around 5.45 pm, did not speak to the media, while her counsel Amit Khemka alleged that police was throwing her belongings. Around 10 pm, two cars exited the precincts carrying luggage while a new name plate bearing ‘government of Jammu and Kashmir’ stood at the gates bungalow.