Bus driver, cleaner thrash man over ` 5

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Tayade re­fused to pay more. The cleaner, who is in his twen­ties, punched Tayade. Even as the pas­sen­ger tried to push him off, the cleaner was joined by the bus driver and both rained blows on Tayade.

The man sus­tained head in­juries. See­ing him bleed­ing and in­jured, the other pas­sen­gers pulled out the driver and the cleaner and started beat­ing them. The two were thrashed badly, their clothes torn and peo­ple also pelted stones at the bus.

Tayade was first taken to a nearby pri­vate hos­pi­tal and later shifted to Thane civil hos­pi­tal.

The driver, Ma­hesh Hari Bhau Patil, 40, was handed over to the po­lice. The cleaner, Vicky, pushed the po­lice­men and man­aged to run away. “It was Vicky’s first day at work. He is a res­i­dent of Ovala Ma­ji­wada in Thane,” said the po­lice of­fi­cer from Ra­bodi po­lice.

“The driver has been ar­rested while the cleaner fled from the spot. We have sent po­lice per­son­nel to his home to know his where­abouts,” he added.

The po­lice of­fi­cer said, “The an­gry pas­sen­gers not only beat up the driver and cleaner but also pelted stones at bus. The in­ci­dent halted traf­fic for al­most an hour and ve­hi­cles could be seen lined up till 1km.”

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