Gurugram man complains to CM, contractor takes bulldozer to his house; held | Gurgaon News


GURUGRAM: Hours after Ashok Kumar had raised before the chief minister the poor quality of civic work in his sector, the contractor was at his doorstep. But he wasn’t there to discuss the quality of construction or to apologise.
Satish Bansal, the contractor engaged by the Gurugram municipal corporation to build roads and drains in Sector 10, had taken a leaf out of the new playbook of various state governments, including Haryana, and came with a bulldozer. He and his accomplices threatened to raze Kumar’s house and hurled expletives at him and his family.

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The bulldozer has become an instrument of force to impose fear and obedience. It cuts short the legal process and subverts democracy. This incident exemplifies how such aculture of neo-vigilantism has seeped down in the public psyche. Strict action should be taken against the contractor to discourage such law-breakers

It was on Sunday morning that Kumar and other residents of Sector 10 had attended the grievance meet chaired by the chief minister. After they complained that poor drainage network and potholed roads were leading to waterlogging in their area even after a brief spell of rain, the CM ordered an inquiry against the contractor.
“Around 9.30pm that day, I was shocked to see an excavator outside my house. There was Satish Bansal in his car and a few of his accomplices in another vehicle. There were around 15-20 men with sticks and rods. Bansal and the others threatened to kill me and asked how I had dared to lodge a complaint against him,” said Kumar (37), a businessman.
As Bansal threatened to bring down the building, a crowd of neighbours and other residents gathered around. He eventually relented and beat a hasty retreat.
“While leaving in his car, Bansal threatened me with dire consequences. My family and I were worried about our safety,” said Kumar, who lodged a police complaint.
Bansal and his supervisor were arrested on Wednesday. An FIR was registered against them at Sector 10 police station under sections 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 294 (obscene acts), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
“The contractor abused and threatened the resident and his family. So, we arrested him along with his supervisor. A car and scooter were also seized. We are scanning CCTV footage to identify the others who were with them,” said Deepak Saharan, the DCP (West).
Kumar, however, was not the only one to lodge a complaint against poor civic work in the area. Dharamvir Dalal, the RWA president, said they had filed several complaints with the authorities over the past four months, but to no avail. “We did not get any response from the municipal corporation. We lodged two complaints at the CM window too, but there was no redress. Somehow, one of the complaints went through and the issue was raised at the grievance meet on Sunday. After hearing us, the CM ordered an inquiry into the matter,” said Dalal.
Brahm Prakash Yadav, the councillor of Ward 13, said he had also lodged complaints about the poor construction of drains and roads. “But the contractor was not willing to rectify the problems. The drain has been constructed without any proper alignment whatsoever. There was no one from the MCG to supervise the construction. That is why the quality of civic work is so poor. I raised the matter during the House meeting on Thursday too and urged the municipal commissioner to pay a visit,” he added.
MCG officials denied the allegations of apathy.
“MCG always takes up the complaints of residents. Construction materials used in our projects are checked and payments made only after a satisfaction certificate is issued by the local councillor,” said Radheshyam Sharma, an MCG superintending engineer.





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