Eleven workers at a bakery in Pune were made to do sit-ups allegedly by members of a Ganesh Mandal for not paying the donation for Ganesh festival, The incident happened on August 15, when members of the Ganesh mandal approached the staff of Crown Bakers, on the Bhosari-Alandi Road in Pimpri-Chinchwad, and demanded Ganpati donation for Ganesha festival of Rs 100 from the workers. The workers said the owner of the shop was not there and hence they did not give the donation.
According to a report of the Indian Express, the Mandal members shot the video of the public humiliation of Muslim workers and shared it with their friends to make it viral. After the video went viral, some of the workers involved left for Uttar Pradesh. The other worker are not reporting for work out of fear. some worker in a bakery apparently quit their jobs.
A video clip show the man forcing bakery workers to do sit-ups holding their ears went viral.
Assistant Police Inspector Mahesh Swamy was quoted as saying, “We have booked three members of the Ganesh mandal, but have not arrested them. The offence is bailable. A notice has been issued to the three to be present in court on Monday to secure bail.”
A complaint was filed by one of the workers, Irshad Mohammed Ayub Khan, and a case under IPC sections 294 (obscene act or words in public), 341 (wrongful confinement), 385 (extortion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) was registered, the official said, adding investigations are underway.
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