Day two of the strike by auto-rickshaw drivers saw another ugly side of the problem — people resorting to hooliganism on the streets.
On Tuesday some auto-rickshaws that chose to ply were hauled and attacked by vandals at Noida Mod, ahead of the Akshardham Temple in East Delhi.
On the way to Maharaja Agrasen College in Mayur Vihar, the HT City auto was stopped by a group of about 20 people, who attacked the auto with bricks and wooden rods.
The rioters proceeded to stop four other autos that approached from either side of the road, smashing windshields, pulling out passengers and even manhandling a woman who was travelling in one of them.
Soon afterwards, a crowd of onlookers converged and caught hold of two of the hooligans and starting beating them up.
The rest of them managed to escape.
Rakesh Kumar, one of the auto-drivers whose auto was damaged, beat the two vandals and forced them to remain seated in his auto till the police arrived.
“These people are not auto-drivers but common criminals who use such occasions to snatch purses and harass the public,” Kumar alleged.
Meanwhile a policeman on a bike passed, and in spite of people calling out to him, refused to stop.
Finally, the emergency police arrived 25 minutes after the incident started and escorted the two culprits to their van.
Head Constable Hem Chand, who was present at the scene, said, “We will hand them over to the police.”