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                   DETAILS OF RAPE INCIDENT IN LAFARGE INDIA

I was working in Lafarge as "Country Security Head" from 2013 - 2016 and as part of my responsibilities traveled almost all the locations, found fault lines and plugged loopholes after, getting sanction from the management and local teams. One point I regularly highlighted in my presentations was, the safety of children in plants (Which I found we, to be lacking at) and the senior management teams at corporate HQ and plants scoffed at the suggestions and the then CEO Martin Kreigner informed me that the company is not responsible for the safety of children at plants and the HR head instructed me not to bring the subject again for discussion.

In March 2014, Two young girls (Both sisters) age around 10-11, were raped inside the residential area of the Arasmeta cement plant in Chhattisgarh, written complaint was submitted to the local management and medical tests at the company hospital confirmed the sexual assault. I informed the management that, as the incident occurred inside the company premises so, it becomes our responsibility to lodge a police complaint. The reply I received was that "Rape incidents keep on happening in India but for Lafarge, business is more important than rapes".

In the internal communication, I was informed by the local team member (after being properly vetted by the management) that the victim's family does not want to report the incident to the cops to save the family honor.

The rapist accepted his involvement and was discreetly told to resign from the shared services that he was working for. (The first thing he did after resigning was to get a pre arrest bail)

The cops came to know of the incident and started their investigation, somehow the cops were managed (We all know how things work in India and Transparency International must have very strong reasons to declare India as the most corrupt country in Indo Pacific region), the family was tutored and the rape incident was changed to molestation. I was clear that Lafarge was not following its responsibilities by doing this and in my internal communication I questioned this decision as, I had doubts that the rapist could possibly be a Pedophile, must have done the heinous crime earlier and will continue with his act if let off (I was not allowed to investigate this incident and told to keep off the subject)

My report to the global team in Paris was very clear but, somehow even they chose to keep quiet.

As I was the only management team member opposing, I was regularly told to look for another job and my travel to plants was restricted and as I was not moving out due to my personal reasons so, finally in 2016 I was told to quit. I objected to the decision just because, only in the internal communication there was a difference of opinion on a rapist being let off. The Global Management Team in Paris, which had appreciated my investigation and reporting of the incident, too kept quiet when I was told to go.

Lafarge globally moved on, changed its name to "LafargeHolcim" and currently has two brands in" India (Ambuja and ACC) and the staff involved were promoted. Lafarge India operation was sold to Nirma and named "Nuvoco Vistas" and one of its brand is "Duraguard" which is promoted by Virat Kohli.

Although I lost my job but, still I am happy that being a military veteran, I stood for what is right and did not accept the wrong which the management tried to impose on me.

There were large number of staff involved in ensuring that the rape incident is not highlighted and to name a few,

1. Bruno Lafont. (Was CEO Lafarge at the time of the incident and promoted to Chairman LafargeHolcim) I had spoken to him in India on this subject.

2. Tom Farrel (Incharge of South Asia and Sonia and Martin were directly reporting to Tom)

3. Sonia Artinian (Global HR Head Lafarge and Jean was directly reporting to Sonia)

4. Martin Kreigner. (CEO India at Lafarge and promoted to CEO South Asia in LafargeHolcim, I had personally spoken to him about this case)

5. Ujjwal Batria. (Head of Cement business in Lafarge at the time of the incident and promoted to CEO Nuvoco vistas, Now COO with Dalmia Cement)

6. Devendra Shangari. (HR head at the time of the incident and promoted to Industrial relationship head in Nuvoco vistas)

7. Jean Claude Viellard. (VP Security in Lafarge at the time of the incident and promoted to Global Security Head in LafargeHolcim)

8. Helene Seguin (Was reporting to Jean and she was completely involved in this case)

9. Sanjay Joshi. (VP Arasmenta cement plant at the time of the incident and promoted to Plant Head for Sonadih cement plant))

10. Kiran Sharma. (HR head of Arasmeta cement plant at the time of the incident)

11. Jeffrey Rodrogues. (Security Manager for Arasmeta cement plant at the time of the incident)

12. Yusuf Solanki................ (Manager P&A at Arasmeta cement plant at the time of the incident and promoted to HR head CCP)

When I was told to leave Lafarge because I was the lone management team member, insisting on reporting the incident to the authorities and the Rapist to be handed over to them, the Global team in Paris closed their eyes in the same way they, after helping the "Islamic State", when the Lafarge Rakka plant in Syria was attacked, they left Lafarge staff and their family members to die and be raped at the hands of ISIS (Which has been proved and Lafarge having accepted it when ECCHR and Sherpa had filed a suit) No doubt the Global CEO had to resign because of this.

MY REPORT TO THE GLOBAL TEAM IN PARIS (JEAN CLAUDE VEILLARD) AND THE MAILS WHICH PROVES THAT GLOBAL MANAGEMENT TEAMS WERE AWARE OF RAPE AND ALLOWED THE RAPIST TO BE LET OFF AND THE WHISTLEBLOWER SACKED (SOMETIMES IT FEELS LIKE YOU NEED TO BE A MUTE SPECTATOR AND LET THINGS HAPPEN WITH OUT YOUR INTERVENTION, YES FOR SURE. YOU NEED TO ACT ONLY, WHEN YOU OR YOUR NEAR ONES ARE IN DANGER)

BASIC EVALUATION AND REPORT ON THE SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE REPORTED AT ARASMETA CEMENT PLANT IN INDIA

Reporting of the incident:

It was reported to me, anonymously by someone. There was no official mail of communication by anyone. It must have been reported to me somewhere around 27th March and when I tried to speak to the location security manager the calls were unanswered (As possibly he was instructed not to speak on this subject).

After getting no feedback I wrote a mail on 16th April for a complete report and after multiple reminders, received a basic reply on 02nd July 2014 (This too after the location Security Manager got the go ahead)

Nature of the incident:

Sexual assault (Rape) of two minor sisters aged around 11 yrs.

Location where the incident took place:

One of the residential colonies of Arasmeta cement plant (Chhattisgarh, India)

Date of the incident:

21 March 2014

Was the accused, on roll Lafarge employee?

No

Were the victim’s parents, on roll Lafarge employee?

No

For how long was the accused working with us:

Around 24 yrs

Company for which the accused was working, name and age:

(Krishna Mohan Pandey. Around 54 yrs old) Gopalnagar social welfare society (GSWS)

Victim’s family was working for which company:

Gopalnagar social welfare society (GSWS)

What does GSWS do?

They provide us manpower for our cafeteria; Drivers for driving of various vehicles and other outsourced workers. Their manpower gets all the facilities like a Lafarge employee gets.

Details of the incident:

On 25th March 2014 an employee (Legally we ensure that the victims or her family’s name is not clearly documented and exposed) of Gopalnagar social welfare society (GSWS) lodged a written complaint to the local management, regarding alleged Rape of his two minor daughters on 21 March 2014.

The local management instructed for medical examination on the daughters at our medical centre, and the tests proved positive.

The driver was called and questioned, where he admitted his guilt and resigned on his own accord from the services of GSWS with immediate effect (The company forced him to resign so that the business does not get affected with this rape taint).

The local police somehow came to know about the incident and started investigating on their own; they had even come to the colony and have measured the distance between the accused and the victim’s residence.

My concerns:

When I came to know of this incident most of the people did not like it and they were interested to know about my source (Which I refused to divulge) and I received instructions that no one should know.

I objected to the way the case was being handled, without showing any empathy and leaving a very bad leadership example for the staff who know about this incident.

I was not allowed to discuss this matter in the security committee or Excom.

I was instructed that the CEO should not know as he already has been informed.

Yesterday 12 August I met the CEO (After Jean Claude suggested) and came to understand that he was not aware of the incident.

Due to dilly dallying, wrong guidance and hiding this incident we have exposed the company and CCEO to legal problems (Anyone in the know of this incident can sue us for hiding a serious offence like rape, which is nowadays take very serious note of in India)

My reservations and points that I have been insisting all along:

  1. As per law we as a company are responsible to report it to the police as a rape incident has occurred in our premises
  2. Why did it take around 3 months and multiple reminders for me to get a basic report (This makes it clear that someone was instructing that report should not be submitted)
  3. The report said that a written complaint was done by the victim’s father but, at the corporate office I was informed that no written complaint was made.

Very strong Possibilities:

  1. Many more girls were sexually assaulted in the residential area and the families kept quite due to possible social humiliation and other reasons.
  2. The victim’s family was brain washed to not report it to the authorities.
  3. The accused was told to resign by our company (Instead of handing him over to the authorities)
  4. The accused was a Pedophile and the person who is afflicted by pedophilia cannot control his sexual desires for young girls. The only remedy for such persons is reporting to the authorities and the authorities restricting their travel and keeping them away from children.
  5. As the accused was a driver there is a possibility that someone trusted him with his child and left the child in" the car with the accused and the accused took advantage of the same and sexually assaulted the child.
  6. As we have let him off now, he will sexually assault many more girls and we are now somehow party to it.

Lafarge believes in good ethics, inculcates the same and expects very high standards to follow from each employee.

I have always suggested the best for the MNC’s that I have worked for. Have a track record for exposing such issues and many companies have appreciated and benefitted from such suggestions.

As we have worked in the Navy, for our respective countries we have not learnt to cheat and I have full faith that, Lafarge also follows the same principle.

I do not expect witch-hunting due to this as there are many discreet ways to trouble an employee like creating a situation where he leaves on his own.

MAHENDRA CHAND

Country Security Manager

Lafarge India

 

MAILS FROM THE GLOBAL TEAM CONFIRMING THAT THE SENIORMOST MANAGEMENT TEAMS WERE AWARE OF THE INCIDENT

 

NOT REVEALING ALL THE MAILS AND PROOFS AS THE MATTER IS CURRENTLY IN COURTS AND DETAILS WILL BE CRUCIAL, I AM EVEN TRYING TO BE IN TOUCH WITH "ECCHR" AND "PROPUBS" SO WILL WAIT FOR THEM TO REVERT AND GUIDE

COMMUNICATION WITH THE GLOBAL SECURITY VICE PRESIDENT IN PARIS WHO WAS ALSO LATER CHARGED WITH KNOWINGLY HELPING ISIS

From: Mahendra Chand <mahendra.chand@lafarge.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM
Subject: Re: Security report
To: Jean-Claude Veillard <
jean-claude.veillard@lafarge.com>
 

Dear Jean,

 

Thanks for the info and your support.

 

I have faced very tight situation in some of the companies, where my views were different and hence had to leave.

 

Still as a security person will not hesitate to stand by truth.

 

On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:24 PM, Jean-Claude Veillard <jean-claude.veillard@lafarge.com> wrote:

Dear Mahendra, 

I have informed Sonia Artinian of the situation regarding the incident we spoke about last week. 

 

She doesn't accept the attitude of the local management and she will speak with Thomas Farell and Martin next week. We probably will have a conf call. 

 

best regards 

Jean Claude 

 

From: Jean-Claude Veillard <jean-claude.veillard@lafarge.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM
Subject: Re: VC
To: 
mahendra.chand@lafarge.com


Did you receive my SMS. 

 

De : Mahendra Chand  [mailto:mahendra.chand@lafarge.com

Envoyé : Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:12 AM

À : Jean-Claude Veillard <jean-claude.veillard@lafarge.com

Objet : VC

Dear Jean,

Would like to speak to you and seek guidance on a particular issue.

This should be considered as totally confidential

Best Personal Regards

Mahendra Chand | Country Security Manager

Direct:022 61202682|Mob:+91 7738048251 |Fax:022 66306510

Email:mahendra.chand@in.lafarge.com,www.lafarge.in 

From: Jean-Claude Veillard <jean-claude.veillard@lafarge.com>
Subject: Re: VC

 

DATE ON WHICH THE REPORT ON SEXUAL ASSAULT WAS SENT TO PARIS

From: Mahendra Chand <mahendra.chand@lafarge.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Subject: India report
To: Jean-Claude Veillard <
jean-claude.veillard@lafarge.com>

 

Attached

 

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Best Personal Regards

 

Mahendra Chand | Country Security Manager

Direct:022 61202682|Mob:+91 7738048251 |Fax:022 66306510

Email:mahendra.chand@in.lafarge.com,www.lafarge.in

 

 

 

From: Mahendra Chand <mahendra.chand@lafarge.com>
Date: Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: Incident report
To: Jeffrey Rodrigues <
jeffrey.rodrigues@lafarge.com>
Cc: Kiran Sharma <
kiran.sharma@lafarge.com>, Yusuf Solanki <yusuf.solanki@lafarge.com

Hello,

I would have appreciated if the report was transparent, unbiased, factual and brought out all the facts.

 

We as Security Managers cannot afford to look confused.

 

It clearly shows that the report has been made under duress and no investigation has been done on this matter (If the investigation has been done than it has been suppressed from me).

 

I feel that someone has misguided the management on this matter and exposed the CCEO to legal trouble.

 

As a company we are ourselves responsible to report this matter to the authorities (Even if we know about this incident) and in this case we had done medical examination of the girls and the rape incident was confirmed.

 

Inspite of the family verbally complaining to us, we have shockingly failed in our responsibilities, due to wrong guidance from someone.

 

Even after the accused accepting his guilt, we force him to resign, accept his resignation and let him go Scot free.

 

There is a very likely possibility that the accused was a pedophile, raped many other more girls earlier and now he is free to rape other girls. 

 

I as Country Security Manager would have never come to know of this incident with out the anonymous call by someone.

 

As said earlier, this incident is a huge blot for me as I was regularly insisting for safeguarding the school children and as the accused is a driver we cannot overlook of the possibility of some school children being targetted by him.

 

From: Jeffrey Rodrigues <jeffrey.rodrigues@lafarge.com>
Date: Tue, May 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM
Subject: Incident report
To: Kiran Sharma <
kiran.sharma@lafarge.com>
Cc: Yusuf Solanki <
yusuf.solanki@lafarge.com>
 

Attached, pls find draft of incident report to be sent to Mr. M Chand, Country Head (Security).

 

On your validation we would forward accordingly.

 

Warm regards, 

 

MY LAST MAIL

On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 1:06 PM, Mahendra Chand <mahendra.chand@lafarge.com> wrote:

Dear Mr. Shangari,

As I have been told to leave the organization hence, will be leaving on 30th June 2016 and I thank you for forcing me to resign and accepting my resignation.

 

But I feel that Lafarge as a company has to think what has going wrong? Just because I differed from the management's view, was it right to sack me? I feel that I had a clear conscience + ethics and rightly guided the company to hand over the rapist to the police but the management differed and allowed the rapist to go scotfree. 

 

There was rape of two young girls in the residential premises of Arasmeta cement plant in March 2014, we do not conduct medical tests on the girls at a government hospital but are comfortable to do the tests in our own hospital and when the rape incident was found to be true, Inspite of the rapist accepting his guilt, we allow him to quietly resign and leave.  

 

As the incident happened inside the residential premises of Lafarge plant, It becomes our responsibility to report it to the government authorities and I had suggested to report it but, we failed to do so by saying that "RAPES KEEP ON HAPPENING IN INDIA, OUR BUSINESS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN RAPES" + the affected family is allegedly informed that if the incident comes to light than the family's honor and name will be tarnished + the affected family is not even transferred to another plant even as we are in June 2016.

 

Reports from the UN and various NGO studying rape incidents state that, around 70 % of the rape cases never gets reported + the current Indian government is very serious about tracking rapists and pedophiles and very rightly Lafarge as a MNC has failed in its responsibility to report rape case inside its residential premises.

 

If you study my presentations till March 14, I had always discussed about we being weak in safety of children (When I was told that Safeguarding children in the plant is not the responsibility of the Corporate office and henceforth I should not talk on this subject)

 

As a security person I feel that I have lived up to the expectation and have rightly advised the company on what is the right course that needs to be followed but, very sorry to note that the company had far opposite views on rapes and instead of handing over the rapist to the authorities has decided to sack me and I have been clearly informed that if I speak about this incident than it will be difficult for me to work in the corporate industry as, I have few more years to go.

 

The management in India and Paris office is wholly responsible for the mismanagement, deceit, lying and cheating in such a serious incident.

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Best Personal Regards

 

Mahendra Chand | Country Security Manager

Direct:022 61202682|Mob:+91 7738048251 |Fax:022 66306510

Email:mahendra.chand@in.lafarge.com,www.lafarge.in

 

COMMUNICATION WITH GROUP INVESTIGATION WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INVESTIGATING ALL BREACHES BUT DOES NOT ACT

Ashok Rajawat

Sun 9/23/2018, 11:43 AM

Hello,

Apologies for the delayed response as was out of station.

I contacted my lawyer but, he has advised to not disclose the case number as, there is a risk of sabotage by the other party (There are time when to get a favorable hearing, parties contact the judge directly). You will agree that this is India and we have been declared as the most corrupt country in IndoPacific region by "Transparency International".


Helene Seguin has some of the internal communication and she can vouch for what I have said as informed to you, I had personally handed her some important communication in Lyon R&D center (Lafarge India internal communication)

I have already mailed you my report of rape that happened in Arasmeta cement plant and some communication with Jean Claude where he has accepted and informed me that higher ups will be intimated and action taken against everyone involved but, You saw that action was taken against the whistle blower, that is me and Jean kept quiet even after being informed that the company has informed me that, the biggest mistake I did was reporting the rape case to Paris hence, I should look for another job + whenever I tried to join a new company and when they contacted Lafarge India to know about me (As Lafarge was my last company) an adverse report was given and due to the same my whole, clean career, achievement was white washed and due to the same, humiliation followed.

Rest be assured that this case will be bigger than the Syria incident. In the Syria incident it was only bribery to ISIS and there was no written proof but, in this case I have all the internal communications confirming Rape of minors, Medical tests at the company hospital confirming Rape of these minors, Bribing of officials to hush up the case, Quietly letting go the rapist scotfree,  Internal whistleblower to the Global Headquarters being sacked, Global Headquarters keeping quiet and that clearly shows that the Global Head Quarters were themselves completely involved in hushing up the rape case and ensuring that action is taken against the whistle blower, inspite of being regularly informed through mails. 

Hope you understand that there are complications in revealing more information to you.
 

Best Personal Regards

Mahendra Chand

 

Group Investigations <group.investigations@lafargeholcim.com>

Thu 9/20/2018, 7:14 PM

Dear Mahendra,

Have you checked with your lawyer regarding sharing with us the complaint you lodged with the Mumbai High Court?

Could you please also forward us copies of the e-mail communcations you mentioned in your Integrity Line concern?

Best regards

Group Investigations

 

On 11 September 2018 at 11:42, Ashok Rajawat <kumaonkings@outlook.com> wrote:

Thanks for your call.

It was nice speaking to you both.

Best Personal Regards

Mahendra Chand

+91 7045002345

 

From: Group Investigations <group.investigations@lafargeholcim.com>
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2018 12:21 PM
To: Ashok Rajawat
Subject: Re: Confidential 18-0491 / 18-0505

Good morning 

We will call you on the mentioned phone numbers tomorrow at 14.00 IST

Best regards

Group Investigations

On 9 September 2018 at 07:46, Ashok Rajawat <kumaonkings@outlook.com> wrote:

We can speak on Monday - Tuesday 1000 - 1700 hrs (Indian Standard Time) 12th - 13th September on 8080803811 / 8080803812.

My cell # is 7045002345 but, might have connectivity issues so, have given you the landline # to speak.

Kindly set a time so that I can be available to take a call at the designated hour.

+91 7045002345

 

From: arnaud.collombet@lafargeholcim.com <arnaud.collombet@lafargeholcim.com> on behalf of Group Investigations <group.investigations@lafargeholcim.com>
Sent: Friday, September 7, 2018 7:49 PM
To: Ashok Rajawat
Subject: Re: Confidential 18-0491 / 18-0505

Dear Mr. Rajawat,

Thank you for your reply.

We wish you a speedy recover and please contact us again through this channel when you will be available to speak.

Best regards

Group Investigations

 

On 6 September 2018 at 05:47, Ashok Rajawat <kumaonkings@outlook.com> wrote:

Hi,

Thanks for your mail.
I am currently admitted to the hospital for high BP and possibly will be discharged in the next 3-4 days (Last 2 days in the military hospital and from today, have been referred to Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Bombay India)

Will reply back to you after being discharged.

Hope its fine with you

Best Personal Regards

+91 7045002345

 

From: arnaud.collombet@lafargeholcim.com <arnaud.collombet@lafargeholcim.com> on behalf of Group Investigations <group.investigations@lafargeholcim.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 8:24 PM
To: 
kumaonkings@outlook.com
Subject: Confidential 18-0491 / 18-0505

Dear Reporter,

Thank you for raising your concerns. These concerns have been forwarded to the Group Investigations department, incharge of investigating all breaches to the LH Code of Business Conduct.

In order for us to adequately assess your concern, would you be comfortable with a max. 30-min. phone call later this week of beginning of next week?

Best regards

Group Investigations

 

Ashok Rajawat

Tue 9/11/2018, 3:12 PM

Group Investigations

Thanks for your call.

It was nice speaking to you both.

Best Personal Regards

Mahendra Chand

+91 7045002345

 

Ashok Rajawat

Mon 9/10/2018, 1:20 PM

Fine 1400 hrs IST on 11/09/2018

+91 7045002345

 

Group Investigations <group.investigations@lafargeholcim.com>

Mon 9/10/2018, 12:22 PM

Good morning 

We will call you on the mentioned phone numbers tomorrow at 14.00 IST

Best regards

Group Investigations

 

Ashok Rajawat

Sun 9/9/2018, 11:16 AM

We can speak on Monday - Tuesday 1000 - 1700 hrs (Indian Standard Time) 12th - 13th September on 8080803811 / 8080803812.

My cell # is 7045002345 but, might have connectivity issues so, have given you the landline # to speak.

Kindly set a time so that I can be available to take a call at the designated hour.

+91 7045002345

 

Group Investigations <group.investigations@lafargeholcim.com>

Fri 9/7/2018, 7:49 PM

Dear Mr. Rajawat,

Thank you for your reply.

We wish you a speedy recover and please contact us again through this channel when you will be available to speak.

Best regards

Group Investigations

 

Ashok Rajawat

Thu 9/6/2018, 9:17 AM

Hi,
 

Thanks for your mail.

I am currently admitted to the hospital for high BP and possibly will be discharged in the next 3-4 days (Last 2 days in the military hospital and from today, have been referred to Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Bombay India)

Will reply back to you after being discharged.

Hope its fine with you

Best Personal Regards

+91 7045002345

 

Group Investigations <group.investigations@lafargeholcim.com>

Wed 9/5/2018, 8:25 PM

Dear Reporter,

Thank you for raising your concerns. These concerns have been forwarded to the Group Investigations department, in charge of investigating all breaches to the LH Code of Business Conduct.

In order for us to adequately assess your concern, would you be comfortable with a max. 30-min. phone call later this week of beginning of next week?

Best regards

Group Investigations