A shopkeeper in Sector 15 was penalised by the Labour Commissioner after he allegedly slapped a minor boy that he employed in his shop. The police reached the spot after the shopkeepers of Patel Market filed a complaint with the police. The shopkeeper was identified as Damneet Singh,a Sector 35 resident.
The victim,identified as Shravan,had been working at the ready-made garments shop for the past 6 to 7 months. The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon when Damneet,owner of the shop in Patel Market Sector 15,allegedly slapped the boy. The victim had asked the accused if he could keep the clothes of different designs separately.
Taking note of the boys plight,other shop owners got together and filed a complaint with the police. In their complaint to the police,the shopkeepers alleged that the accused had employed a minor boy in his shop and he regularly used to beat him. The police used an auto to transport the boy and the accused to the police station.
Meanwhile,Sharavan,in his statement to the police,said that the shopkeeper had slapped him in the afternoon.
The police got the boys medical examination conducted at GMSH-16 which found no fresh injury marks. The police then informed the Labour Commissioner who penalised the shopkeeper. The boy has been handed over to his parents,who are residing in Burail.
On of the complainant and shopkeeper,while speaking to Newsline,said,The boy was regularly thrashed by the accused. We had asked the boy to leave the shop,but he told us that he had to take his previous salary from the shopkeeper,but he was telling him to wait till Holi.