Migrant Worker Beaten to Death at a Badminton Academy in Gurgaon

“I do not know what was going on in their mind, but when they saw us they kept saying these ‘Biharis’ must be beaten up."

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A migrant worker, on Monday, was beaten to death by men from a higher economic class at Heritage Badminton Academy at Gurgaon Sector 37, The Indian Express reported.

Twenty-one-year-old Anuj Kumar and his thirty-two-year-old brother-in-law Sanjay had gone to the residential colony in the area to join daily wage housekeeping work with a contractor and that is when both the migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh were brutally beaten up with rods and sticks by a group of men. Both Mr. Anuj and Mr. Sanjay reportedly had their ID cards on them.

Anuj who had come to Kadipur from Jaunpur just 15 days ago after the demise of his father five months ago and was the sole breadwinner of his family, succumbed to his injuries. Meanwhile, Sanjay who was severely injured in the incident is now planning to move back to his natal village fearing for his life.

“I do not know what was going on in their mind, but when they saw us they kept saying these ‘Biharis’ must be beaten up. They could see that we were migrants, and it made them very angry. They dragged us both inside their cars and began beating us. We were then taken to the Heritage Badminton Academy where we were further assaulted,” The Indian Express quoted Sanjay.

Meanwhile, Gurgaon Police has said that the incident was a case of mistaken identity. The police said that earlier a woman player at the badminton academy was harassed by unknown men following which the player had called her relatives and coach. The people called by the woman beat up the workers in ‘retaliation’ causing the death of one of the workers, the police said.

However, Sanjay negated the police’s narrative and said “it is completely made up. There was no matter regarding any woman. We had only gone to meet our contractor for work. We are poor people from UP. We did not intend to misbehave with anyone. It was just a pretext to beat us.”

Also read: DMK Minister KN Nehru Makes Racist Remarks Against Biharis Working in Tamil Nadu

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