Mumbai: Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan, a century-old residential care center for Indian-origin elderly in South Africa, has been raising funds for several years for alleged violations of the rules during a nationwide lockdown imposed by the Center Kovid-19 global epidemic. Are in dispute over Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH) Chief Executive Officer Naren Puttudin and building contractor Roshan Laxman have been arrested by the police for not having the necessary permission to construct a Kovid-19 separate ward in the Chatsworth home of the elderly.
The ABH was preparing a 24-bed ward as a preparation for the possibility of spreading corona virus at the center, when police reached the spot. Laxman told the website ‘Independent Online’ (IOL) that he and Puttundin had valid documents to work during the lockdown which the police refused to accept as lawful. They told that they took them to the police station along with all the workers.
It was not possible to maintain social distance in the police station and all were kept in a verandah until the police left their workers with warnings. Laxman and Puttudin were released in the evening, when their lawyer deposited the bail amount. According to Laxman, this incident was humiliating for Nake. They said that the police treated them as if they were selling drugs or liquor.
Bachchan has been supportive of ABH ever since he first came here during his 2002 visit to South Africa in connection with the Bollywood program “Now and Never”. In October last year, Bachchan joined President Cyril Ramaphosa in a fund-raising campaign for ABH. ABH started over a century ago to look after senior citizens of needy Indian origin who are ignored by the community.