Jabalpur- In a shocking incident in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, a female cleaner fell victim to assault by a shop owner. The infuriated sanitation workers took swift action, surrounding the Ranjhi police station on Thursday, demanding justice. Responding promptly, the police registered a case and apprehended the accused.
The victim, a temporary cleaning worker employed by the Municipal Corporation, was performing her morning duties in the Bada Patthar area. The operator of Sai Traders allegedly called her into the shop, where he, along with his son, subjected her to physical assault. The situation escalated when the supervisor attempted to intervene and was also subjected to violence.
Upon learning about the assault on the female sweeper, fellow sanitation workers swiftly gathered at the police station to express their outrage. Demanding justice, they protested vehemently and urged the immediate registration of a First Information Report (FIR). Determined to stand in solidarity, the employees declared their refusal to resume cleaning duties until decisive action was taken against the accused.
In a powerful display of dissent, the angered sanitation workers ceased their work and initiated a strike. They emphasized that unless the police took concrete measures against the perpetrator who assaulted their colleague, the entire sanitation system would remain paralyzed.
They received assurances and had the complaint officially registered. However, frustrations escalated when no visible actions were taken in response. In protest, employees from all wards of the Ranjhi zone converged at the police station on Thursday. The standstill of sanitation workers led to a halt in both cleaning and garbage collection across all wards.
Expressing disappointment, the workers emphasized that the police had failed to make an arrest even 24 hours after their initial complaint. Their collective demand remained clear: the accused must be apprehended without delay.
Jabalpur Superintendent of Police, Aditya Pratap Singh, acknowledged the severity of the incident in a conversation with The Mooknayak. He confirmed that a case of assault and atrocity committed against a female cleaning worker had been registered against the shop operator based on the victim's complaint. The two accused have been arrested, the cop said.