A 48-year-old man was allegedly beaten up for criticising the Centre’s demonetisation scheme in southeast Delhi’s Jaitpur area, police said. The man, Lallan Singh Khushwaha, received head injuries on December 15, for making comments against demonetisation while he was on his way to buy a television, police said. The accused, identified as Ashiq, was later arrested.
Kushwaha, a painter, said his children wanted a television set and he went to buy one. “I was not standing in the ATM queue, but I saw people standing and I felt that only poor people are suffering. So I criticised the demonetisaton scheme. Suddenly, one person at a departmental store started abusing me verbally. When I asked him the reason, he started hitting me and asked how I could criticise the PM. Soon after, others joined him. I sustained injuries on my head and started bleeding,” said Kushwaha.
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He added that he was spared only when some people intervened. “I was taken to a hospital, where I received stitches on my head. I still feel that what I said was not wrong. They also took Rs 6,000 from me. I had to take a loan for my treatment. I am losing out on daily wages as I am unable to work. I don’t know how I will run my family,” said Khushwaha.
A case was registered under IPC Sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint).
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