A CONTRACTOR and his aide thrashed a vegetable trader and vice-president of Terah block vegetable market, Govindnagar, when he refused to pay tehbazari here today. Later, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders gheraoed the kotwali police station in protest and demanded an FIR against the contractor.
It is to be noted that the order by the State government not to realise tehbazari throughout the State with effect from June 15 has created confused among the tehbazari contractors, Kanpur Municipal Corporation officials and the common man. When a group of contractors met municipal commissioner Badal Chatterjee on Monday to seek guidance over the issue, they could not find a satisfactory answer.
On Monday morning, tehbazari contractor of Terah block vegetable market went to the shopkeepers asking them to pay tehbazari. However, the shopkeepers refused to pay tehbazari. The matter was then taken to the vice-president of the market Harish Mehrotra, who sided with the shopkeepers.
Mehrotra also showed the copy of the GO, which stated that tehbazari had been stopped from June 15 till further directives in this regard. This infuriated the contractor Indra Pal Yadav, who is allegedly a kin of former corporator Vinod Pal Yadav. Yadav snatched the copy of the GO from Mehrotra and torn it into pieces.
Yadav and his aide held Mehrotra hostage and took him to a nearby plot where they allegedly thrashed him mercilessly. Mehrotra received head injuries.
On receiving the information, several shopkeepers along with BJP leaders including vice-president of South city Sunil Narang, divisional president Ajeet Chhabra, Nirmal Tripathi and former corporator Asha Pherwani also rushed to the spot. However, by the time, the contractor and his aide had fled the spot, leaving Mehrotra groaning in pain.
The BJP leaders and shopkeepers went to the kotwali and gheraoed the police station demanding and FIR against the contractor. The FIR was filed after a heated discussion.