Dehradun: A worker died at yoga guru Ramdev’s Food and Herbal Park in Haridwar after his hand was crushed in a machine at the factory. His death triggered a huge uproar among local residents who gathered in large numbers outside the Patanjali unit on Thursday, demanding compensation to the family. Police had to finally resort to lathi charge when despite repeated requests the protesters refused to relent.
Monu Kumar, 18, was hired by the factory about three months ago. On Wednesday afternoon, his hand was caught in a machine at the factory and though he was rushed to a hospital, he died en route.
On Thursday morning, Kumar’s family, along with other villagers, arrived at the gates of the park demanding compensation for his death. The situation took a turn for the worse when the protesters resorted to brick-batting.
“We have arrested 13 men involved in the violence,” said Garhwal inspector general of police Sanjay Gunjyal, adding, “although the management had accepted the demand and assured compensation to the family, some people who were a part of the protest deliberately started pelting stones to disrupt the law and order scene.”
Five cars parked outside the gate were damaged in the violence. According to senior police officers, police teams and CISF, posted on duty at the unit, had to even open fire in the air to scare away the protesters. Four protesters suffered injuries in the incident, while three police constables were also wounded.
Pathri station officer Chandra Bhan Singh said, “The management had agreed to give the family a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and jobs to two members of the family.”
The victim’s grandmother, Kampala Devi, however, clarified that none of her family members was involved in the violence. “We are yet to come out of the shock,” she said.