A 35-year-old garlic vendor in Noida was stripped and assaulted by a commission agent and his aides over non-payment of a part of a Rs 5,600 loan, police said on Tuesday.
Two persons, including the ‘aadhti’ (commission agent), have been arrested and strictest action would be taken against them, Additional DCP (Central Noida) Rajiv Dixit said. The vendor, who had taken the loan around a month ago for work, stated in his complaint that he owns a garlic cart and works at the fruits and vegetables market in Sector 88.
On Monday, he went to repay Rs 2,500 of the Rs 5,600 and requested that he would eventually repay the remaining amount, according to the vendor.
“However, the commission agent called in his accountant and two labourers to the shop. They held me inside the shop and stripped me of my clothes before assaulting me with sticks and hurling abuses at me,” the vendor, who hails from Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh, said.
A video of the incident also surfaced on social media, purportedly showing the vendor being forced to strip while expletives were being hurled at him.
Later, the man was paraded naked in the vegetable wholesale market.
Additional DCP Dixit said an FIR was lodged in the case on Monday itself under relevant provisions of the law.
“Sundar Singh, the main accused, and his aide Bhagandas Singh have been arrested. Those missing will also be arrested soon and the strictest action taken against them as per law,” Mr Dixit said.
The FIR has been lodged at the local Phase 2 police station under IPC sections 323, 342, 357, 504, 506 and under Section 66E of the Information Technology Act, the police said.
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