Four labourers at JSW Steel Ltd. in Ballari district were stripped and assaulted by one of the steel plant's supervisors on Sunday.
A video leaked to the police and subsequently to the media shows the supervisor reportedly named Akash holding a rod and brandishing it at workers. Speaking in Kannada, he is heard warning them against asking for rest time while work hours.
Ballari Superintendent of Police R Chetan said that the incident occurred in the steel plant premises, but that no action has been taken as the workers have refused to file a complaint.
â€śWe spoke to the workers and asked them to filed a complaint. But looks like the company and the workers have come to some internal understanding and so they have refrained from filing a complaint,â€ť he said.
An official of the Godiganur police station, who urged the victims to file a complaint, said that there were many such instances in the past but this time there was video proof of assault.
Mohammed Rafi, Toranagalu police sub-inspector said that the steel plant officials have suspended the accused Akash.
â€śWe have asked for the plant official's opinion on this incident. Based on their response we will decide what action is to be taken,â€ť Rafi said.
Asked why a sou motu complaint could not be filed based on the video, Chetan said, â€śWe will let them take a monthâ€™s time to decide. If they donâ€™t, we will take legal opinion and file a suo motu case. Otherwise, if we will file the case under appropriate sections now, the next day the workers will accuse us of not including various other sections.â€ť
JSW Steel Ltd. did not respond to The News Minute at the time of publishing.