What a mess: Three Chandigarh sanitation workers booked for dumping garbage in Sector 17
Could face jail of up to six months if convicted; MC’s medical officer health is complainant.punjab Updated: Sep 13, 2017 15:37 IST
In a first-of-its-kind case, three people — sanitation workers — have been booked for littering after they dumped a truck load of garbage outside the office of Medical Officer of Health, 30 Bays building, Sector 17, Chandigarh, near the deputy commissioner office on Monday.
The complainant in the case is Parminder Singh Bhatti, medical officer of health (MOH), with the municipal corporation.
The accused — Kuldeep Singh, Gurcharan Singh and Sarbjeet Singh — have been booked under Sections 283 (obstruction of public way) and 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) at the Sector-17 police station. Conviction under Section 269 entails jail of up to six months or fine or both; under Section 283, the convict could be fined Rs 200. No arrests have been made.
Of late, the safai kamacharis have been at loggerheads with the civic body over privatisation of the sanitation department. Recently, they did not allow garbage vehicles to enter the garbage processing plant at Dadumajra in protest. They have also been demanding the filling up of 650 posts and giving of jobs to 238 people, whose kin died while they were employed with the MC.
The recent incident — where the booking has happened — is part of the protest.
“The CCTV footage showed the accused dumping the garbage outside the office,” the complainant added, claiming that the dumping of garbage increased the risk of an epidemic and obstructed traffic.