A video showing a group of local ‘goons’ assaulting a shop owner and his staff over the payment of shoes at local Tripuri area has gone viral.
The incident took place on Sunday when an area resident and his wife visited a shop to buy shoes.
In the video, uploaded on Wednesday afternoon on Facebook, the buyer was first seen slapping the shop owner. Then a few minutes later, a group of armed men reached the spot on buyer’s phone call and badly assaulted the shop owner and his father with sticks and iron rods.
The drama went on for nearly 15 minutes in the middle of city’s busiest market but no one came forward to save the shopkeeper.
Shopkeeper Manish Kumar said although the police booked seven assaulters with three already identified on the same day, no arrest had been made so far.
“The accused attacked me when I demanded payment. His intention was to leave the shop without paying. When I objected, I, along with my father, was badly beaten,” he added.
He said he was forced to upload the CCTV footage of the incident after the police failed to take any further action.
Since Wednesday, the video has been viewed by 6,000 times on Facebook and is further being shared on WhatsApp.
The main accused was identified as Sandeep Kesla, who has been booked under Sections 452 (house trespass), 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), along with his younger brother Tinku Kesla, wife and four unidentified men.
Sources said both the brothers were infamous in the area for such incidents.
When contacted, station house officer (SHO) Shaminder Singh said the raids were on to nab the culprits. “Their house was found locked when it was raided earlier this week. They had also switched off their phones,” added the SHO.