Gurgaon: Congress leader assaults Kherki Daula toll staff, booked
Former Gurgaon block committee chairman and local Congress leader, Hoshiyar Yadav, has been booked on charges of thrashing an operator at Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Saturday night.gurgaon Updated: Feb 13, 2017 10:27 IST
Former Gurgaon block committee chairman and local Congress leader, Hoshiyar Yadav, has been booked on charges of thrashing an operator at Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Saturday night.
Yadav is also accused of ransacking several toll booths when a toll staff asked him to produce his identity card and vehicle permits for exemption from the toll. The incident has been captured by CCTV cameras.
Yadav, along with another person, was crossing the toll plaza around 9:30 pm in an SUV when the toll plaza employee stopped them for payment of toll. Yadav asked the operator to open the boom barrier and exempt them from paying fees claiming to be local residents. The toll plaza employee then asked the driver to produce his identity card and vehicle permit to check whether they could be exempted from paying toll.
This infuriated the men in the SUV. They came out of the vehicle, and started abusing and thrashing the employee through a window. Security guards at the plaza tried to stop the scuffle and closed the window.
Yadav and his accomplice barged into the toll booth and started beating the plaza employee. The attackers dragged him out of the toll booth and punched him indiscriminately.
Efforts to stop the local Congress leader and his accomplice from beating the toll plaza employee went in vain. They then vandalised toll booth no. 10 and threw LCD display monitor, receipt printer, customised keyboards and intercom sets out of the booth.
Yadav and the other attacker then barged into toll booths no. 2 and 3 and vandalised equipment. The entire episode has been recorded by CCTV cameras installed in the booths.
Kripal Singh, the public relations officer of the Millennium City Expressway Private Ltd., (MCEPL) in his complaint to Kherki Daula police station, said, “Yadav opened the boom barriers on all lanes and threatened plaza employees of harmful consequences.”
Singh informed police that the vehicle belonged to a Surender Singh of Sector 17A in Gurgaon, which neither falls in the list of villages exempted from paying toll nor did the vehicle have an electromagnetic radio frequency identification (RFID) tag.
Singh said, “Yadav and his men ransacked toll booths, damaging electronic equipment and other things worth over Rs 2.5 lakh and inflicted a loss of Rs 2 lakh to the government exchequer.”
This is not the first time that Yadav got into a fight at Kherki Daula toll plaza. In 2014, Yadav with 200 others vandalised the toll plaza and they were booked by police for rioting. In 2016 too, Yadav was allegedly involved in a fight at the same toll plaza.
Police have registered a case against Yadav and others under relevant sections of the IPC and are looking into the matter, a police personnel at Kherki Daula police station, said.
After several demands for removing the toll plaza at Kherki Daula on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar had in 2016 assured residents that the toll plaza will be removed. He had said the government was working on a deal to acquire the toll plaza from the NHAI.
To acquire the toll plaza, the government has to arrange around Rs 1,500 crore to pay the highway concessionaire MCEPL, which has rights to collect toll on the expressway till 2023.