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AAP MLA Surinder Singh detained for slandering civic employee

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Member of Delhi Legislative Assembly from Delhi Cantonment Surinder Singh was arrested on Friday by the police for allegedly abusing and making false comments about Mukesh, a worker of New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). He is charged of abusing the employee with caste-based comments on August 5. Singh’s driver Pankaj and assistant Praveen have also been charged of beating up the repairman.

Inputs from police have said that the incident took place when the NDMC employees were on a routine inspection of vegetable vendors near a signal at Tughlaq Road. Things started to heat up when the AAP MLA arrived at the location and started arguing with them. Soon, Pankaj and Praveen started beating up Mukesh, while Singh started abusing and threatening him.

Contrary to the claims, Surinder Singh denied the charges saying that the NDMC workers were demanding money from the vegetable vendors, and he just tried to intervene and solve the issue.

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Photo credit: www.oneindia.com

Later a police complaint was registered against the trio. Police kept sending notices to Singh but he did not turn up. He also met Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi giving his clarification on the issue. Meanwhile a city court rejected his plea for anticipatory bail and finally the arrest was made under various sections of SC/ST act.

The Aam Aadmi Party in its official statement defended the MLA by terming the arrest as wrong and ‘suspicious’. They claimed that the arrest was Delhi Police’s motivated action of shifting the focus from important issues and defaming the ruling AAP.

Singh and two others will be presented in city court within 24 hours.

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)