After the death of Haryana BJP leader Sonali Phogat, Goa’s ‘Curlie’ restaurant was in the spotlight and the Supreme Court this morning suspended the process and the restaurant was demolished.
However, the court directed the restaurant to close the store until it decided on a petition challenging the demolition, and set September 16 as the next hearing date.
After its owners failed to obtain any relief from the National Green Tribunal or NGT, the Goa government set about demolishing the restaurant. On Thursday, the green body upheld an earlier order by the Goa Coastal District Authority to demolish the sheds, citing violations of environmental rules.
This morning, a large number of police were seen outside the shed tearing down the shed. At around 7:30 in the morning, the district administrative demolition team and the police rushed to the beach to demolish the restaurant that was built in the “non-development zone” in violation of the maritime supervision zone regulations.
Located on Goa’s famous Anjuna Beach, the restaurant made headlines after partying there hours before Sonali Phogat died. Its owner, Edwin Nunes, was one of four people arrested in the case. He was later granted bail.
According to police, Sonali Phogat was allegedly drugged at the restaurant before he died.
Police say her colleagues at Curlie’s gave her a recreational drug, methamphetamine, or “ice,” hours before she died. They said she was forced to drink “a nasty substance” before going to the hotel.
The next morning, August 23, she was rushed to the hospital where she died. It was initially thought to be a heart attack, but the family felt something was wrong and police took action.