Public works officer, contractor locked up in Indian minister's home

'We are here for work only. But this the first time it has something like this has happened,' the contractor Narendra Gupta said. Photograph:( AFP )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 10, 2016, 07.29 PM (IST)
A junior engineer and a contractor from the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), an authority under the charge of public sector works in India, claimed that the Indian minister of state for health and family welfare locked them up in her home over a delay in work.

“They accused us of delaying the work and then locked us up. We were told that we will be locked up until the tiles don’t come,” contractor Narendra Gupta told ANI.

Assistant engineer at the CPWD, Ajmer Singh, rescued the duo when one of them called him up.

"They (contractors) called us and we came here immediately to rescue (escape) them. We will talk to the minister and other people about what happened here. But we did not go to the police. We cannot have a rift with a minister. We are civic employees. We are here for work only and have the intention to work for every minister. But this the first time it has something like this has happened,” Gupta said.

“If work is underway, there could be a delay because of any reason. It is not good to lock anyone inside the room for an hour and two,” he added. 

Meanwhile, Patel's husband Ashish Singh said the allegations against his wife were baseless.

“I am not the in-charge of the bungalow and I was inside. When I came out, the workers were being scolded by the staff of the minister for delaying the work,” he said.

He also said that he and Patel are open to any legal action.

(WION with inputs from ANI)