‘In­jured’ driver’s video causes up­roar

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NERUL: Au­torick­shaw driver unions have threat­ened to go on a strike af­ter a video of an al­legedly as­saulted and in­jured au­torick­shaw driver sur­faced.

The union has de­manded the po­lice lo­cate him at the ear­li­est, as the driver had said in the video that he would not sur­vive owing to his in­juries.

In the video, Machin­dra Bhoir, an au­torick­shaw driver from Kar­ave vil­lage, said he had taken two pas­sen­gers to Ulwe on Wed­nes­day night. He said while re­turn­ing, he was bru­tally at­tacked and looted of cash by four as­sailants who had wanted to go to Kille Gaothan. He said they had been drunk and had beat him.

He made a video in the in­jured state and sent it to his friends ask­ing them to in­form his fam­ily.

The video, shot in dim light, shows only Bhoir’s face. While his eyes are shut in the video, no in­jury marks are vis­i­ble.

The video has gone vi­ral lead- ing to ten­sions in Kar­ave and Be­la­pur ar­eas. A large num­ber of au­torick­shaw driv­ers as­sem­bled at NRI coastal po­lice stat i on on Thurs­day night to com­plain. They also met po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan on Fri­day.

The po­lice had de­ployed a dog squad to trace Bhoir. It led them to the old bridge on the road that leads to Uran where they found the au­torick­shaw. Ev­ery­thing in it was in­tact. How­ever, there is no trace of Bhoir yet.

“Over 100 au­torick­shaw driv­ers have been search­ing for Bhoir all day from Be­la­pur to Uran. But we haven’t found him,” said Kasam Mu­lani, pres­i­dent of the Navi Mum­bai Rick­shaw Ma­hasangh. “If there are no con­crete re­sults soon, we will go on strike.”

The al­leged vic­tim’s fa­ther Gan­pati said, “He would meet me at Sea­woods rail­way sta­tion ev­ery night at around 8.45pm but when he didn’t turn up on Wed­nes­day I was wor­ried. I looked all over, his phone was also switched off.”

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