Sunder Mahto — the tea vendor who had knocked on the doors of senior police officials against certain cops for not clearing their dues running to more than R1 lakh — was forced to shut his shop after the erring policemen threatened him.
Sunder, along with his wife, used to run the tea stall near Gurgaon expressway toll plaza at Delhi border. On Sunday, the policemen against whom he had complained threatened him of dire consequences if he opened the shop. Fearing assault, the hapless couple had to beat a retreat.
After HT published a report on the plight of the poor man, the defaulters started depositing their dues at the office of deputy commissioner of police (West).
Meera, the wife, said, “The cops came to our house on Saturday and threatened us to withdraw the complaint. But I told them I was not scared and will not take back the complaint till I get my money back.”
Some policemen even vented their ire by throwing out his utensils from the tea stall. “The DCP has told us he would get our money back. A few defaulters who had relocated to other cities without paying the tea and snacks bills were asked to clear their dues.”
Surinder Pal, the DCP, said, “We are still investigating the matter. A few policemen accepted that they owed him money. Anyone found misbehaving or harassing the couple would be sternly dealt with,” added the DCP.