Couple on the run after assaulting women staffers at Kherki Daula toll
A couple has been accused of allegedly beating up three women toll collectors at the Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway on Friday morning.
After the incident, the couple fled from the spot and are yet to be identified.
The couple, residents of Sector 92, has been accused of assaulting and abusing three women employees, who had asked the driver to pay the requisite toll or produce his identity card and vehicle permit that would enable him to seek an exemption from paying the said toll.
The incident took place around 9.30 am on Friday in Lane-7 of the Kherki Dhaula toll plaza and the entire episode was captured on CCTV cameras installed at the booths, the police said.
According to the police, the man along with his wife, was crossing the toll plaza in a white Maruti Swift Dzire car, when the toll plaza employee stopped them for toll payment.
The accused asked the operator to open the boom barrier and exempt them from paying the toll on grounds that he was a local resident and that his vehicle had an electromagnetic radio frequency identification tag.
However, upon checking the operator found out that the tag had expired.
“The toll plaza employee then asked the driver to produce his identity card and vehicle permit to check if his residence falls under the list of villages exempted from paying toll. But, he did not have any identification card either,” said Shamsher Singh, assistant commissioner of police (crime).
Meanwhile, the wife, sitting in the car, came out and started abusing and thrashing the employee through the window. The entire episode was captured on the CCTV camera. Security guards at the plaza intervened and stopped the scuffle by closing the window, following which her husband got down from the car, barged into the toll booth and started beating the toll plaza employee, again.
The husband tried to drag the operator out of the cabin, and when others joined in to save the employee, the couple punched them indiscriminately.
All efforts to stop the couple from beating up the toll plaza employees were in vain, said the police. Rajender Singh Bhati, project head, Kherki Daula toll plaza, said they have complained to the police.
“We are conducting investigation
and have collected the CCTV footage and recorded the statements of the victims on Friday. We have given directions to the station house officer (SHO) of the Kherki Daula police station to register a case,” said Singh.
The three women employees who were injured were taken to a nearby hospital and were given first aid; they are reported to be stable, said police.
The Kherki Daula police invoked the Preventive Detention Act against the alleged accused woman under sections 107/151 of the CrPC and took her to the police station under ‘preventive measures’.
The police said they are investigating the matter.
■ A view of the Kherki Daula toll plaza, where a couple allegedly assaulted women toll collectors at the booth.