Pune: Officials of Khadak police station registered an offence against five headmen of the Padmashali community after a person of the community in Pune was asked to pay Rs 5 lakh for transferring tenancy rights of a shop that belonged to his grandfather.
As the person refused to buckle under pressure of the Jaat Panchayat, the five headmen had threatened him that his family will be made an outcast and boycotted by other members of the Padmashali community.
The offence was registered under relevant sections of Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott Act, 2016 against Somnath Kenchi, a resident of Somwar Peth, Vinayak Saka, a resident of Mahatma Phule Peth, Mahadev Kadgi, a resident of Dhankawadi, Dileep Jana, a resident of Kondhwa and Vinod Jalgi, a resident of Dhankawadi, on the basis of a complaint filed by Sachin Narendra Dasa (37) of Mahatma Phule Peth.
According to the local police, Dasa belongs to the Padmashali community. The community has property in Mahatma Phule Peth, where Dasa’s grandfather had a rented shop. Dasa had approached the community headmen requesting them to transfer the tenancy agreement to his name. But according to the police, the five persons mentioned above demanded he pay Rs 5 lakh and Rs 15,000 per month for enabling the transfer.
After Dasa refused, the headmen of the Padmashali community resorted to abuse and threatened to boycott his family. Dasa approached the local police chowki. The local police summoned the headmen to appear for an enquiry. According to the Khadak police, upon this, the community headmen asked members of Dasa’s family to apologise as they were forced to visit the police chowki.
Under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott Act, anyone found guilty of imposing any social boycott on an individual or a group of individuals can be imprisoned up to three years and can be fined Rs1 lakh. The fine (in whole or part) will be given as compensation to the victim.