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Ayahs Ransacked Kalyani Trinamul Councillor's Home

2016-11-07 22:54


Kalyani, Nov. 7: Around one hundred ‘ayah’ who provide their services to patients admitted at Jawharlal Nehru Hospital ransacked the house of a Trinamul Congress councilor in Kalyani after his sons allegedly beaten them up and opened fire as they refused to pay them money as daily share from their wages.

The ayahs aged between 35 to 50 equally supported by male members of their family and locals, most of whom are Trinamul Congress supporters, in a spontaneous outburst of anger retaliated by breaking doors and window panes of the Councilor Amar Roy’s house, chasing the miscreants gathered at his home and damaging his cars and around twenty Toto parked in front of his house in Kalyani A block until police arrived at the spot and brought the situation under control during the wee hours of Monday morning.

The rampage that was started at about late in the mid night continued for about three hours.

Police has started a case on the basis of the complaint lodged by Renu Sau, an ayah injured in the attack by Roy’s sons and arrested his youngest son Pritam Roy and one of his close aides Tapas Biswas, a resident of Gayespur and a known anti social in the area.

An office of Kalyani police station said: “The two accused have been charged under section 324 (causing hurt with dangerous weapon), 325 (causing grievous hurt) and 326 of IPC”.

The incident has came as a sheer embarrassment to the Trinamul Congress as the leadership failed to restrain the errant councilor Amar Roy of Ward – 6 in Kalyani and his four sons, who despite repeated warnings went on extorting money and unleashed a reign of terror among staff and doctors at the JNM hospital.

Tripti Bhattacharjee, an ayah said: “Roy and his sons become angry on us because we refused to pay them Rupees 20 as they used to extort from us as our engagement has been restricted by the hospital and local municipality”

Trinamul’s Kalyani town president Arup Mukherjee said: “The government has started a clean up drive of ayah from hospital. If any of our party men want to go against it, he would face the consequence. We have told police to take action as per law”.

Trouble began during the last week of October following the JNM’s Patients’ Welfare Committee adopted a resolution to curb the menace of ayah at the hospital obeying the state government’s order. The committee decided to streamline the entry of the ‘ayah’ inside the ward from November 1 only on ‘need based’ on case to case basis.

Medical superintendant of JNM hospital Snehapriya Choudhury said: “Service of ayah is illegal at the government hospital. There were lots of complaints against them. As a result the patients’ welfare committee in last month decided to reduce their entry gradually and to streamline their use only on need basis. It was decided that ayah may be engaged only if any patient’s family want and such engagement will be only on the advice of doctors. The committee requested Kalyani Municipality to supply ayah on such need only”.

Chairman of Kalyani Municipality Sushil Talukdar said: “We have set up a counter at the JNM hospital premise from where ayahs are engaged through ‘Nagar Jibika Scheme’ only on the basis of recommendation of the doctor against a wage of Rs 150 for eight hours. The engagement is exclusively monitored by the municipality”.

Sources said, till last month Amar Roy and his sons used their political clout to engage ayah at the hospital and extort huge amount of money from them.

An Ayah said: “Roy and his sons regularly force 280 ayahs to pay Rupees 20 from each shift of eight hours. They take Rupees ten thousand during engagement. But the new system stopped their regular income”.

But, things started going Roy since July 4 night after his sons, who also run a number of medicine shop near hospital, were accused of threatening interns at gun point at the JNM hospital for not prescribing branded medicines. After this Trinamul leadership started clipping Roy and his sons.

“Nevertheless, to ensure their earning Roy’s sons started threatening us of dire consequences unless we continue to pay”, said Tripti, an ayah, who used to collect such money from 280 ayah and deposit at Roy’s office.

As the ayahs refused to pay since last week, Tripti earned wrath of Roy’s sons who attacked her house on Saturday night and also beaten up her.

“On Saturday evening Roy’s sons Babu and Partha ransacked my house, beaten up me and threatened of dire consequence unless I collect money and deposit it to them”, she said.

On Sunday evening bike borne miscreants led by Babu and Partha started strolling Vivekananda Pally and Mitra Pally area in A-block threatened Tripti and many other Ayahs who live in the area. They also allegedly had beaten up some local youths when they protested. Angry locals later decided to meet Roy at his home to express their grievance against his sons.

At about 11.30pm, about 200 residents from the area went Roy’s house, but they were welcome with bricks and bamboo poles.

“We saw around ten youths pelting us bricks from the roof top of Roy’s house, while around twenty others started beating us by bamboo poles. Roy’s youngest son Pritam fired at us, but it luckily did not hurt us. Many of us were, however, being hit by bricks and bamboo. We managed to escape and took the injured ones to hospital. Later we lodged complaint to police”, said Anima, an ayah.

Councilor Amar Roy did not respond to calls for comment.

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