‘Coerced to pelt stones by factory owner’, UP migrant workers’ allegation not based on facts, say J&K police

He said the workers had cited reasons such as marriages of kin and due to mutual understanding and trust, the company decided to deposit an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh into their bank accounts.

SAQIB MALIK
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jun 21 2018 10:45PM | Updated Date: Jun 21 2018 10:45PM
‘Coerced to pelt stones by factory owner’, UP migrant workers’ allegation not based on facts, say J&K policeRepresentational Pic

After several national news channels on Wednesday telecasted interviews of some migrant workers of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh claiming that an industry unit holder at Lassipora, Pulwama had “forced” them to pelt stones on forces, the J&K police said prima facie it seems the allegation is not based on facts. 

While the industrialists, who has been alleged by the workers of “coercing” them for stone pelting, said these people from UP fled from the factory after taking advance wages of Rs 2.5 lakh and when contacted over phone they denied to return for the work to Kashmir or pay back the money and instead told some media persons the ‘concocted story’.   

Speaking to Greater Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad Wani, co-partner at Divine Industries which manufactures readymade garments and has come under allegations from the UP-based workers said the labours were “propagating false notions about them”.

“This group of eight workers has been working at our factory since January and had finished work on a consignment of uniforms. As Eid was round the corner we handed over a huge order of preparing thousands of ethnic wear dresses for which the workers took Rs 2.5 lakh advance wages,” said Wani. 

He said the workers had cited reasons such as marriages of kin and due to mutual understanding and trust, the company decided to deposit an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh into their bank accounts. 

“On June 4 we reached the factory to find out that the workers had fled and a major theft had taken place. When we tried to contact these workers, their cell phones were off. But after few days they picked up the phones but refused o return or pay back the money,” Wani said. 

Soon, an FIR (8/2018) was registered by Wani and his business partner Nazir Ahmad Dar at Lassipora Police Station regarding the theft. 

“We have also written letters to SSP and DC Pulwama requesting for action against the absconders and the news channels,” Wani said. “As we demanded back the money and threatened them of registering a complaint with the police, they concocted the stone pelting story.”

Senior Superintendent of Police, Pulwama, MuhammadAslam Chaudhary said prima facie it appears that there is no stone pelting angle.

 “This is an allegation of theft and we are investigating it. We had contacted these workers on the phone asking them to present themselves at the police station but they had fled from the Valley. I don’t think the allegations of stone pelting made by the workers are based on facts,” Chaudhary said.

Meanwhile, UP Police in Saharanpur on Thursday launched a probe and questioned three of the workers who had made the allegations.    

SSP Saharanpur Bablu Kumar told Greater Kashmir on phone that three workers among the group of workers who made the allegations of stone-pelting were questioned in Saharanpur district on Thursday. Kumar said the workers were changing their statements frequently adding that details of the preliminary investigation have been shared with Intelligence Bureau (IB). “Police and Local Investigation Unit are trying to corroborate the information provided by the workers. The police are also on the lookout for the contractor who took these youth to the Valley,” he said.

“Saharanpur police has constituted a team of the LIU to probe background of the workers and to question their families,” Kumar said. He said the workers told the police that they were taken to Pulwama district in south Kashmir for employment at a stitching factory by a contractor. “We have also spoken to officials in Jammu and Kashmir police and have versions from both employer and employee and are investigating the case,” Kumar said.  

Some of the workers hail from Nuka and Nanauta areas near Saharanpur while others are from Baghpat district, he added.

“The families of workers have told police that their children had visited Kashmir for a contractual job at a stitching factory but on their return complained of being coerced into stone-pelting. We are in the process to ascertain facts,” Kumar said.

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