Delhi Jal Board engineers beaten up

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Two engineers of the Delhi Jal Board were beaten up allegedly at the behest of Najafgarh MLA Bharat Singh on Monday for refusing to take water tankers owned by him on rent. According to sources, zonal engineer P. K. Sharma and junior engineer Pramod Kumar were called by the MLA on the pretext of a meeting and later beaten up.

“Both the engineers have been injured; they were also threatened with dire consequences if they report the matter to the police. The two are terrified of even stepping out of their house and have refused to lodge a complaint despite requests and assurances from their colleagues,” said sources. Referring to the provocation for the incident, the sources said: “The water tanker business has become murky. There were too many complaints vis-À-vis their operation. Therefore, to ensure their proper functioning, the Jal Board has decided to overhaul the system. This has upset some people who had managed to monopolise the business.”

With the injured engineers refusing to file a complaint, the DJB Engineers’ Association has taken up the issue with the Jal Board. Taking cognisance of the incident, the Association has written to the Jal Board seeking protection for the employees and action against the MLA for hurting their colleagues.

The Association members also met Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit on Wednesday to register their grievances. “The Chief Minister assured us that the incident will be probed and if the MLA is found guilty, then the Rs.2 crore grant given to him as part of the MLA fund will be withdrawn,” said Association president R. S. Tyagi.

Refuting the allegations, Bharat Singh said: “These are baseless allegations against me. I suspect these allegations are being levelled against me because I had recently complained to the CEO that the water situation in the constituency is bad and that the engineers are misusing the water tankers meant for the people.”

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