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Auto driver strips, Munnabhai style

delhi Updated: Jun 25, 2008 01:39 IST
Susamma Kurian
Susamma Kurian
Hindustan Times
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Sanjay Dutt may have spent time in jail, but the actor’s reel-life portrayal of a lovable rowdy inspired by Mahatma Gandhi continues to inspire people.

On Monday, seemingly stirred by a scene from the Dutt-starrer, Boisar resident Vaadilal Jadhav, an autorickshaw driver who cannot drive his auto because he does not have a permit, suddenly stripped to his bare essentials at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Thane.

RTO officials should have guessed what was coming: Tired of doing the rounds of various officials at RTO, he arrived dressed in a dhoti, kurta and a Gandhi topi, carrying a bunch of red roses to meet the officials.

“I have been coming to the RTO for three years demanding a permit for my new autorickshaw, but the RTO refused to grant a permit and has not given any proper reasons for this,” said Jadhav, a father of two who took a loan to buy the rickshaw. “But I haven’t been able to drive it even for a day. How am I supposed to pay the installments?”

He said he had a permit for his old autorickshaw and was not sure why he could not get a permit for the new one. He said his only source of income came from driving the autorickshaw and he had to sell his wife’s jewellery to sustain his family.

RTO officials, however, said that they cannot give Jadhav the permit as it was against the norms. “As per Regional Transport Authority (RTA) rules, a petrol vehicle should be replaced by a similar one. But Jadhav’s new vehicle runs on diesel and, therefore, he cannot be given a permit,” said Deputy Regional Transport Officer Sanjay Raut.

“Moreover, a diesel vehicle can carry passengers only after the RTA’s approval. We have forwarded Jadhav’s application to the RTA.”

Jadhav was later taken to the Thane Nagar police station for creating chaos at a public office.

“We questioned him and heard his grievances and later released him. No case has been registered against him,” said Senior Police Inspector B.R. Choudhary.