SAIL chair­man’s claim of planned at­tack vin­di­cated

At­tack­ers Didn’t Harm Driver Even Af­ter He Con­fronted Them

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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