Cou­ple on the run after as­sault­ing women staffers at Kherki Daula toll

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - Leena Dhankhar [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com ■

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.

YO­GEN­DRA KU­MAR/HT

■ A view of the Kherki Daula toll plaza, where a cou­ple al­legedly as­saulted women toll col­lec­tors at the booth.

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