LBT strike: Staff beaten for keeping eatery open
A restaurant owner and his employee were allegedly assaulted by three members of the Shivaji Nagar-Mankhurd Vyapari Association yesterday, making it the first act of violence reported as part of the protest against the Local Body Tax (LBT) in the city
Israr Mohammed (35), owner of the eatery and his employee Raju Khan were beaten up for not supporting the ongoing protest that saw most shops shut in the city for over three days.
According to Shivaji Nagar police, three men barged into Amina hotel in Shivaji Nagar on last morning and attacked Mohammed and ransacked the eatery. Mohammed, who is a member of the Hotel Owner Welfare Association, was later admitted to a local hospital.
However, Alam Khan, president of the Hotel Owner Welfare Association said that members had informed the police that they are not supporting the strike and would be open for business on Friday.
“The three members of the Shivaji Nagar-Mankhurd Vyapari Association barged into the hotel and started destroying property like tables, chairs, glass showcases and crockery before attacking Mohammed and Khan,” said Alam Khan.
Based on the statements of the victims and the eyewitnesses the Shivaji Nagar police have registered a case of trespassing, assault and intentional insult to provoke breach of peace against three members of the Vyapari Association identified as Nasim Khan, owner of MR Mart in Govandi, Shaikh Janagir, owner of Cafe Faisal and an unknown person.
“We are in the process of recording the statements of the victims and the alleged accused. We will take action after investigating the case,” said Radhesham Agarwal, senior police inspector of Shivaji Nagar police station.