Noida, Oct 8 (PTI) The district magistrate court here expelled eleven people from Gautam Buddh Nagar for six months for illegally collecting parking fee in Noida’s sector 16 and 58, officials said Monday. Also Read - Relief For Real Estate: Noida Authority Slashes Interest Rates on Dues to Boost Pending Projects

The proceedings against the accused were carried out under the provisions of the Uttar Pradesh Control of Goondas Act, 1970, they said. Also Read - Noida's state-of-art bus terminal expected to be ready by June 30

Eight of the accused were operating in sector 16, while three in sector 58. Related cases have been registered against them in local police stations. Also Read - Noida: Child killed, 3 injured as portion of house collapses

“The accused were illegally running parking operations in Noida. They were extorting money from common citizens in the name of parking fee. A report was sent to the court of the district magistrate by the senior superintendent of police recommending action against them under the UP Goondas Act,” the order said.

It added the accused were given due opportunity to explain their part, and a report was sought from the Noida Authority regarding the lands where these illegal parking operations were taking place.

The Noida Authority told the court that the spaces concerned were assigned to private contractors M/S G & G Services in Sector 16 and M/S Jairam Yadav in Sector 58 for managing the parking operations, the court order said, adding that all the 11 accused could not prove in the court that they were employed by any of the two contractors.

The accused have been identified as Bajrangi Sahai, Sonu Kumar Jha, Sintu Kumar Jha, Shyam Bihari, Niranjan Jha, Mukesh Kumar Rai, Mantu Kumar Jha and Chandan Kumar in sector 16, while Ramesh Yadav, Mahendra and Pramod in sector 58, according to a court order.

“Since they did not have any legal authority to run the parking in the city, and in view of the administration’s attempt to remove such illegal activities that create problems for citizens and maintain law and order, all of them are being expelled from Gautam Buddh Nagar under section 3/4 of the UP Goondas Act for six months beginning October 6, 2018,” the order stated.

District Magistrate Brajesh Narain Singh said the district administration is committed to ensuring strict action against criminals.

“Therefore, this action will be proposed in the future as well and criminals will be booked under the Goondas Act, the Gangsters Act and even expelled if required,” he said.

Meanwhile, the administration has sought an account from the public on criminals who were expelled from Gautam Buddh Nagar but have managed to return to the district. The identity of persons willing to help would be kept confidential, officials said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.