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Mandar Singh S/o Mangal Singh, Age- 55,Village- Kotli Sangar, tehsil & District- Shri Muktsar Sahib He belong to caste “Majhabi Sikh” caste which has been declared as a Scheduled Caste by the State government of Punjab.
Mandar Singh has been working as a “Siri” for the different employers for the last 35 years. Now He has been working as a “Siri”(bonded labourer) for Harjinder Singh @ Gopi S/o Dal Singh, Village- Kotli Sangra, tehsil & District- Shri Muktsar Sahib, Caste- Jatt Sikh for the last 2 years Harjinder Singh @ Gopi had given him advance of Rs. 25000 (Twenty five thousand) at the time of joining the work and in the next year he had given him advance of Rs. 20,000 (Twenty thousand rupees). He has repaid the bonded debt (with the advance amount) of his previous employer Jagnandan Singh S/o Nar Singh from village- Kotli Sangar, tehsil & District- Shri Muktsar Sahib, Caste Jatt Sikh. Jagnandan Singh extracted work from him continuously for two years and after that he imposed the bonded debt of Rs. 45000(Forty five thousand rupees).
Harjinder Singh @ Gopi had fixed his annual wages Rs.45000 (Rupees Forty five thousand) for first year and for the second year Rs.50,000 (Rupees fifty thousand). Harjinder Singh @ Gopi was extracting work from 5:00a.m to 9:00p.m. During the wheat and paddy transplantation season he had to work for him in the day and night. Harjinder Singh had never allowed him for any weekly rest. When he could not work due to sickness or any urgent work then Harjinder Singh @ Gopi charged him an amount of fine as per his own wish and adds this amount in the advance amount and charged an interest on the whole amount according to his own wish. During his two years work period Harjinder Singh @ Gopi never paid his full wages. Whenever he requested him many time to pay his wages then he gave him only Rs.400 or Rs.500 and said that later he will be paid in his wages. Harjinder Singh @ Gopi has taken his thumb impressions on many types of blank papers. He is illiterate, could not be able to understand for what purpose he used these papers. During his work period he inhaled the toxic fumes which was released from the pesticides spray and he fall sick. The employer did not pay him his wages for treatment. He is old person and due to his age. He was not able to work for the employer but the employer is not giving him wages and abusing him on caste basis and imposing an debt of Rs. 44000 (Rupees Forty four thousand) on him.
Harjinder Singh @ Gopi often come to his house and demanded the bonded debt and threaten them that if they will not pay the amount , he will forcibly took work from him or any member of his family and also he handed over them to police or he will take take the possession of his residential house . Harjinder Singh @ Gopi was also threatening them that if he will not repay the bonded debt then he will implicate him in a false case. Harjinder Singh @ Gopi and Mandar Singh are from the same village and they are known to each other’s castes. Harjinder Singh @ Gopi is abusing him on caste basis and never paid his wages, extract force labour and now is imposing an bonded debt. His life and liberty was in danger. The complaint was sent to the DM and after a long enquiry he is physically free but the administration has not given him any release certificate.
The incident is of Jakheda village which is in Unna district. This village is situated 15km far from the district head quarter. In the village 200 Chamar family, 4 Julah families, 75 balmiki family, 700 brahmin family and 1 Rajput family are staying. Bariyum Singh, age-65, stays in the village and belongs to schedule caste (Chamar). On May 12, 2013, Nephew of Bariyum Singh was getting married. The procession of bridegroom had gone to Behdala village, Mangat Ram alias Sonu a Brahmin was also with the bridegroom, who was invited by the groom and is also from the same village Jakheda. During the ceremony Bariyum Singh’s Son in law Rajinder Kumar (35) was sleeping because of fever in the guest house given to the bridegroom. Mangat Singh and his two friends came and started abusing and beating Rajinder Kumar with a chair. When Bariyum Singh and his son Somnath(30) reached there, somnath asked why you are beating him; Mangat punched him on face and abused them in the name of caste. He also threatened to kill them and went from there. While the bridegroom was returning from Behdala around 8.15pm, Bariyum Singh and his family were coming in a Scorpio. In the vehicle, Bariyum Singh, his two daughters Kamla and Santosh Kumari, and his son in law Rajinder , his son Somnath and Somnath’s wife Amanpreet Kaur, was coming. Bariyum Singh was sitting beside the driver. On the way Mangat Ram and 7-8 of his friends tried to stop the vehicle, they were with Iron rod, and heavy stick. When the driver asked why you are trying to stop the vehicle, Mangat Ram tried to open the window of the vehicle forcibly. Mangat Ram was wearing Iron grip in his finger he punched with that on Bariyum Singh’s nose and it started bleeding seriously. Mangat Ram and his friends started breaking the vehicle with iron rod. When Somnath and Rajinder got out of the Vehicle, one of them hit Somnath on head with an iron rod, his head cracked and he started bleeding. When Amanpreet Kaur went to save her husband Somnath, Mangat Ram started hurting her too, he slapped her and took out her sari and she was only with blouse and petticoat. They also started beating the sick Rajinder. By the time there came the Bridegrooms bus so they ran away from the place they took Amanpreet’s purse where she had kept her mobile and some money. But when they were running away some people from the bridegroom side could catch hold one among the accused group, his name is Punit Kumar. They took punit and went to Mahatpur PS and filed the FIR. Then they were sent to district hospital Unna for treatment.
Chelladurai (40), S/o Thiruman, belongs to dalit Arunthathiyar community, is resident of Mulaiampoondi village, Mulanoor, Tiruppur District. He is a farm labour, married and father of two daughters.
On 05/05/2013, while he was returning from work, in his bicycle, one Senthil (33) called him and asked him to stop. But Chelladurai, who was tired after work, was hesitant to stop and told that he would like to go home. Senthil again called him loudly. On hearing the shout, Muthusamy father of Senthil, Chinnu and Sundarasamy all gathered and rushed towards Chelladurai. Being infuriated by this Senthil’s father, stopped his vehicle, saying “how dare you sakkili not obeying our orders? Senthil kicked the By-cycle and Chelladurai.Chelladurai fell down. Muthusamy slapped him with his slipper, Chinnu kicked him and Sundarasamy beaten him with a big wooden stick found near the tea shop.
On hearing the shout of Chelladurai, with the help of Senthil, a dalit, Mariammal w/o Chelladurai, called 108 and took him to the Tarapuram Government Hostpital. On 06/05/2013, a complaint was given and case was registered. But the Police have not arrested the perpetrators and negligent to take action on the complaint.