PROTESTING AGAINST the assault on an aged businessman and his son by one of their shop’s workers and his accomplices over payment of salary, a large number of traders and businessmen in the Kotwali area shut down their shops and staged ‘chakka jam’ on Monday evening.
Two persons have been arrested by the police for allegedly causing injuries to the trader and his son. One of the arrested accused is reported to be a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activist.
According to Kotwali police, Kishanlal Nema (55) owns a cut-piece cloth shop at Lakherapura market. A fortnight back, he had hired Manish to work in his shop. Manish was accompanied by Sonu. But not finding suitable for the job, Nema removed the worker. The dispute arose today when it came to making payment and the trader deducted a part of the salary against the non-working days. Manish objected to this and demanded full payment.
Police said that in the evening Manish came with some persons and had altercations with Nema and his son Ashish. Both were beaten up and received injuries. The local traders alleged that nearly 15 to 20 members of BJYM came to Nema’s shop in support of Manish, claiming the latter to be a party worker, and created ruckus.
Nema reported the matter to the police and both father and son were sent to the Hamidia Hospital for a medical check-up. Taking the seriousness of the incident, a large number of enraged traders affiliated to Rajdhani Vastra Vyapari Sangh closed the shops at Lakherapura, staged road-blockade and marched to Kotwali police station demanding immediate arrests of the accused. Later, on the intervention of local administration the ‘chakka jam’ was called-off.
Additional SP Deepak Verma said the two persons arrested on the basis of the FIR filed were Surendra Sahu (26) and Jai Vyas (22). Sahu is reported to be a BJYM cadre member. “We’re trying to find out the truth behind the allegations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Akhil Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal (ABUVM) has strongly registered its protest against the incident and said if police failed to arrest all the accused involved in ‘hooliganism’, the other trade bodies in the City would join hands and call for a strike. “In the name of ruling party, how could they take to hooliganism, causing panic and insecurity amongst entire business community?” questioned ABUVM’s Navneet Agarwal.
He further alleged that due to the negligence of police, out of four persons nabbed and handed over to police by the traders, two managed to escape.
The traders and their associations have urged the government to take stringent action against the accused. However, police have refrained from mentioning the name of BJYM. Apart from complete closure of shops at Lakherapura, there was a partial closure of shops at Nadeem Road, Marwari Road, Ibrahimpura and Chowk Bazaar.