The incident of alleged beating up of a worker in Division Number 3 police station by the owner of a textile unit in Maherban area, has on the one hand raised questions over the police inaction, and on the other hand has brought out the issue of atrocities being faced by the labourers in factories.
A worker, Chander Shekhar was allegedly beaten up by his employer Jagdish Gupta on July 14 following which all textile units in Maherban area have been shut down in protest.
A strong protest was also held in front of Division Number 3 police station on Thursday in which labourers from different units demanded immediate action against Gupta and a compensation for Chander Shekhar.
Lakhwinder, president of the Karkhana Mazdoor Union, said, “Chander Shekhar, who worked at Jeevan (Modi) Textile in Maherban area on Rahon had quit the job when unit owner Jagdish Gupta did not pay his due amount and allegedly harassed him. Chander tried to get his due and repeatedly went to his past owner.”
On July 14, when Chander called Jagdish and demanded money, latter told him that he should abstain from calling him or he would register a complaint against him, Lakhwinder alleged.
He said, “Jagdish later went to Division Number 3 police station and registered a complaint stating that Chander had abused him over phone. When police brought Chander to the police station, Jagdish beat him up in presence of police as a result he got stitches on forehead.”
Lakhwinder said these kinds of cases were very frequent in almost all the factories in Ludhiana, but due to weak laws and inaction of police the offenders always go away easily.
Rajwinder, president of the Textile Hoisery Kamgaar Union, said, “Chander Shekhar did not abuse Gupta, but is a victim in the case. Chander was beaten up in front of police personnel in Division Number 3 police station by Gupta. This is a sheer human rights violation by the police, who did nothing to save a poor person and protected the owner instead.”
The incident has also angered the workers in different units across the city. They are now planning to hold a strong protest demonstration against the “merciless treatment” given to them.
Rajwinder said that if police failed to act against the owner of the textile unit, thousands of workers from different units would converge and protest against the administration and police department.
“Civil hospital is also delaying Chander Shekhar’s medical report that was causing delay in legal action against Gupta,” Rajwinder said.
However, police seems to be dilly dallying the matter. SHO of Division Number 3 police station, Rajinder Kumar, said, “When Chander Shekhar bent to touch Gupta’s feet in police station to apologise, the latter stood up and his knee incidentally hit Chander’s face, thus causing injury.”
“We are waiting for the report of the medical that was conducted on July 14. After we get the report, we will register a case of assault against Gupta under sections 325 and 323 of the IPC,” Kumar said.