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Man ‘tortured’ to death, police book landlord

A brick manufacturer and landlord, Balu Choudhari, and his three sons Ganesh, Bunty and Nagin, who allegedly tortured one of their employees to death last week over the repayment of Rs 6,000, have been booked under the atrocities act and the bonded labour abolition act. All four are absconding.

mumbai Updated: Nov 30, 2011 00:48 IST
Kiran Sonawane

A brick manufacturer and landlord, Balu Choudhari, and his three sons Ganesh, Bunty and Nagin, who allegedly tortured one of their employees to death last week over the repayment of Rs 6,000, have been booked under the atrocities act and the bonded labour abolition act. All four are absconding.

Jayabai Mukane, wife of the man who was killed, said, “My husband Ziparya had taken a loan of Rs 6,000 from Choudhari. As we were unable to repay it, we told him our family would work at his factory and repay the amount in instalments. Choudhari turned down our request, abused us and beat up my husband and me.”

She added, “They then tied my husband in chains and beat and burned him with a hot steel rod. The torture went on for days. On November 20, I was told that my husband was admitted to Sonal Hospital in Shahpur, but was not responding to treatment. The doctor suggested we take him to Shivaji Hospital in Kalwa, but he died on the way.”

Makane alleged that she had informed the police about the torture but they did not take her seriously.

PI Ganpat Pingale, Shahpur police station, said, “We received the complaint from Choudhari’s family saying he had been kidnapped by unknown people. Later, his wife came saying that their landlord had chained her husband and was torturing him. When police visited Shere village, they found Ziparya Mukane and asked him about the complaint. He denied all charges of torture by the landlord.”