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Whistleblower’s wife assaulted; no case registered

Posted by ekavi on July 6, 2006

Whistleblower’s wife assaulted; no case registered
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service
 http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20060707/cth1.htm#3Zirakpur, July 6
The wife of Mr K.D. Bakshi, a retired IAF official, who blew the lid off blocking of a nullah passing through Vikas Nagar located along the Zirakpur-Kalka highway by certain persons, was allegedly assaulted by at least 10 persons this morning.

Ms Chandra Kanta Bakshi (60) was pushed around and abused by the assailants around 11.30 am when she was alone at her home. “Hurling abuses, they barged into the house and caught hold of my hair. However, when I raised the alarm, they fled seeing people gathering at my house,” said a visibly upset Ms Chandra Kanta. Mr Bakshi was away to Yamunanagar on a personal visit.

The assailants, it seemed, were angered by Mr Bakshi’s complaint to the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat that certain residents of the area had blocked the natural flow of the nullah. The blockage of the nullah would prove to be detrimental to the houses during the monsoon, it was feared in the representation by Mr Bakshi.

Acting on the complaint of Mr Bakshi, the civic body staff today cleared the nullah by removing encroachments on public land, Mr Narinder Sharma, nagar panchayat president, said.

The blockade of the natural flow of the nullah was viewed seriously by the civic body following which the civic body initiated the action, he added. This action of the municipality seemed to led to the assault on Ms Bakshi by the assailants.

The Bakshis live alone at their house here. Their son, Maj V.K. Bakshi, who is posted at Nasik, told Chandigarh Tribune over the telephone that the attack on his mother was a serious matter and the police should pursue the case to its logical conclusion.

“In fact, my father had acted in public interest and if whistleblowers are targeted by anti-social elements in this manner, then no right-thinking person would come forward to expose their wrongdoings,” he said, demanding police protection for his family.

Meanwhile, the Dera Bassi DSP, Mr Varinder Brar, while promising action against the guilty, said the police was investigating the matter. However, no case has been registered yet.


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