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Mayor, son ‘thrash’ worker black and blue

Ludhiana, 01 Aug 2017 - A worker at Guru Nanak Rubber Products accused Mayor S Harcharan Singh Gohalwadia and his son Amanjyot Singh of thrashing and threatening him of dire consequences.

Rakesh Kumar said his only fault was that he asked them to increase his salary as he had already completed over a decade in the factory.

Rakesh alleged that on July 19 he was “illegally detained” by both Mayor and his son at the factory and was thrashed mercilessly. It was only after his relatives gave an undertaking that he would not leave the workplace, that Rakesh was allowed to go home at 3 am. Lok Insaf Party leader Simarjit Singh Bains highlighted the incident in the media.

Meanwhile, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria said Rakesh had done embezzlement worth over Rs12 lakh at his factory. He said Kumar, in the presence of his relatives, admitted that he had done embezzlement and would pay back the entire amount. On being asked about the allegations made by Rakesh, the Mayor said it could be a conspiracy against him to defame him and his family. “We have not even touched him, forget about beating him. This can be done by my rivals to defame me. We registered a complaint that day itself with the Shimlapuri police station,” he said.

Reacting to Mayor’s statement, Bains said: “I have no interest in the case, but at the same time, I will never tolerate atrocities against a poor person. Rakesh resides near Shimlapuri, which is my area (MLA). If Rakesh had done embezzlement then why did the Mayor get six cheques from the family? Why did the Mayor not hand over the worker to the police with proofs then itself? Instead, the Mayor got an undertaking that he will not leave the job at his son’s factory. Why is Mayor so interested in keeping a worker who has done huge embezzlement?”

Bains also alleged that the person’s body had turned blue even after 12 days of thrashing. He said Shimlapuri chowki in charge went where Rakesh was illegally detained by both Mayor and his son. Instead of saving Kumar, the chowki-in charge came back as if nothing had happened. “I have spoken to the Commissioner of Police and hope he will get the matter inquired thoroughly and justice will be given to Rakesh,” Bains said.

Naveen Kumar, the ACP concerned, however, said Rakesh had not got any complaint lodged against anyone so far. “But we are looking into the matter and both parties have been called,” he said.

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