A chemist in his early twenties, Ashok Malik, was brutally beaten by four people in the Yusuf Sarai area in south Delhi on 17 September for reportedly failing to give a certain drug to a customer. The chemist was threatened and abused by a caller who is allegedly the daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav, Richa Yadav. No action has been taken by Delhi police in the case so far.
On 17 September, at approximately 10.30 pm a man asked for a cough syrup, DIOF, from Malik. Malik, along with his other employees, searched for the drug and told the customer that it was unavailable. He added that they did have a substitute drug in store, DIOF DS. On hearing this, the customer made a call to confirm whether he should buy the substitute. The person on the other end reportedly asked to be put in touch with the chemist. ‘He asked me to talk to “Richa mam”,’ says Malik.
The woman at the other end allegedly abused him. Later, the customer, who had come in a Scorpio car returned and gave a number to the chemist and asked him to call on the given number. This time too he was abused. At 10.57, four men, two in civil clothes and two dressed in khaki uniforms with pistols tucked in their waistband, entered the shop. As per the CCTV footage, all four of them brutally beat him up. They threatened that the matter shouldn’t be reported to the police. However, Malik went to report the incident to the police on 18 September.
On Wednesday, after the matter was revealed by a TV news channel, senior police officials claimed ignorance of the incident. Others said Malik had refused to go for a medical check-up, but the matter was being probed. The television channel that broke the news claimed to have run a check on the mobile number from which the abusive call was made, which showed it to be in the name of Richa Yadav. Officials remained tight-lipped about the identity of the caller.