The Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh, in a video was seen threatening administration officials in Chhattisgarh for allegedly beating a man up in a quarantine centre and showing bias against BJP workers.
Dilip Gupta, a resident of Balarampur district in Chhattisgarh, had accused the chief executive officer and tehsildar of the district panchayat of assaulting him in a quarantine centre in the area after he complained of shoddy facilities.
On receiving information of the assault, MoS Renuka Singh took cognizance of the matter and reached the quarantine centre to speak to Dilip Gupta.
Minster Singh, on reaching the quarantine centre, received details of the incident from Gupta and his family and lashed out at the officials for “beating him up”.
In a video, MoS Renuka Singh is seen cautioning the officials to not think of “saffron-wearing” BJP workers as “weak”.
“Ye bhagwadhaari BJP ke karyakartao ko kamzor mat samajhna. Janpad me baithke aur aap tehsil me baith ke jo bhed-bhaav kar rahe hain BJP ke karyakartao ke sazth, bhool jaiye (Don’t think of saffron-wearing BJP workers as weak. Forget the discrimination that you are showing towards BJP workers),” Renuka Singh said, lambasting the officials.
However, the minister did not stop there and went on to threaten the officials saying she knows how to ‘thrash people with a belt’.
“Andheri kothri me le jaa ke na main belt khol ke thokna jaanti hu bohot acche se (I very well know how to lock people in a room and thrash them with a belt),” Renuka Singh can be heard saying in a video from the incident.
केंद्रीय मंत्री रेणुका सिंह ने अपनी ख़ासियत बतायी “अंधेरे कमरे में बेल्ट से ठोंकना जानती हूँ” बलरामपुर के जनपद सी ई ओ को सबके सामने खरी खरी सुनायीं ?@AcharyaPramodk @sewkatewinslet @ashutosh83B @GouravVallabh @sardanarohit @anjanaomkashyap @jitupatwari @RajatSharmaLive pic.twitter.com/ZH7z0AbtuN
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She later told news agency ANI Sunday evening that Dilip Gupta, who had come to Balrampur, was put in a quarantine centre and badly beaten for highlighting poor arrangements at the facility.
कोरोना महासंकट में बलरामपुर जिला मुख्यालय निवासी दिलीप गुप्ता को दिल्ली से आने पर बलरामपुर quarantine center में रखे जाने के बाद अव्यवस्थाओं का विडियो वायरल करने पर जनपद पंचायत बलरामपुर (1) @BJP4India @BJP4CGState pic.twitter.com/llyBrZ1Qkc
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“When Gupta witnessed poor arrangement in the quarantine centre , he made a video to raise the issue . When the administration came to know about the video, two officials – a tehsildar and CEO Janpad Panchayat reached in the centre..They threatened and beaten him with belt. After this they shifted him to some other place and the family started searching for Gupta. The parents informed me and when I reached in the centre, I found that the Gupta was badly beaten… The CEO Janpad Panchayat accepted that he made a mistake,” the minister said.
Balrampur’s Collector, Sanjiv Kumar Jha said an inquiry has been ordered.
“We have ordered an probe in this matter whether Gupta, who reached Balrampur from Delhi on May 15 was beaten up by the officers or not . We will take action accordingly,” said Jha.