SAIL chairman’s claim of planned attack vindicated
Attackers Didn’t Harm Driver Even After He Confronted Them
New Delhi: While going home from office around 10pm on August 8, SAIL chairman Anil K Chaudhary was assaulted by four men near Hauz Khas. Since Day 1, Chaudhary has been claiming it to be a planned attack, but police kept probing it as a road rage case even after it was found that the car that rammed Chaudhary’s vehicle was stolen from Rohini.
The PSU chief had pointed out that the men didn’t harm his driver even after he challenged them but suddenly attacked Chaudhary when he confronted them. The case was handed over to Crime Branch only after he met senior officers to express his concerns, and now Chaudhary has been proved right.
Two attackers, caught by local police from the spot, had initially claimed that they did not know Chaudhary and attacked him in a “fit of rage”. However, as the cops started scanning their call records, it was found that they were constantly in touch with some people even moments before the attack.
Chaudhary had told TOI after the attack that he found the attackers’ behaviour odd. The assault seemed to be orchestrated to him from the way the men pounced on him. “Fortunately the blows had missed his head and the rod hit his shoulder. They also tried to pin him down on the ground by hitting him on the legs,” said a close aide. The attackers would have overpowered Chaudhary had the police patrol team not been crossing the spot, he added.
On August 8, the SAIL chairman had left office towards Siri Fort when the four men in the stolen Honda City hit his Toyota Corolla from behind. The accused kept driving zigzag and again brushed against his car. When Chaudhary asked his driver to pull over near HUDCO Place to check the damage, the Honda City suddenly blocked their path.
When the driver got off and confronted the men, they pleaded to let them go and promised to pay for the damage. But as soon as Chaudhary stepped out, the men changed their stance. While two of them dragged the driver away, the others pulled out iron rods and knives and attacked Chaudhary.