Builder defaulted on payment, beat me up, claims contractor

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
  • Updated: Aug 09, 2016 13:20 IST
The contractor (in white kurta) protested outside the builder’s office with around 20 people on Monday morning. (Hindustan Times)

A construction contractor alleged that a private builder used his strongmen to beat him up at Abhay Khand in Indirapuram on Monday. An FIR has been registered in the case at Indirapuram police station and three persons have been detained.

According to the contractor Bharat Bhushan Bharadwaj, builders Gaursons India Limited failed to pay him `4.5 crore for construction work completed by him in April 2015.

“In 2011, I had taken the contract from builders Gaurson India Limited for Gaur City 2 project in Noida extension. After I completed the work in April 2015, they refused to pay the `4.5 crore due. Several attempts to reach them over the past one year have proved futile as the director refuses to take my calls or meet me,” said Bharadwaj of Niti Khand 2.

He added that he has written to all senior authorities in the city informing them about the alleged fraud, but there has been no response. Ultimately, he decided to hold a sit-in outside the builder’s corporate office at Gaur Biz Park in Abhay Khand 2, Indirapuram, on Monday.

“I sat outside the office with 20 of my family and friends at around 8 am. However, the builder did not come to meet us once and sent his strongmen thrice between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm. They roughed us up the first two times and finally beat us up. We have all been injured, including my elderly mother and father,” said Bharadwaj.

However, according to Gaursons India Limited, no payments to the contractor are pending.

“The incident that took place near our office has nothing to do with us. It is between a contractor and his sub-contractors and workers. We have always been prompt and all payments have been cleared on time,” said Vipin Modi, president of sales and marketing, Gaursons India Limited.

Meanwhile, the police lodged an FIR in the case and detained three persons.

“The whole incident was recorded in a CCTV camera installed nearby. According to the complaint of the contractor and the CCTV footage, three men employed with Gaursons India Limited have been detained,” said Gorakhnath Yadav, station house officer, Indirapuram police station.

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