Builder Kirit Mehta, who was arrested by the Oshiwara Police on Sunday on the charges of allegedly assaulting an auto rickshaw passenger and allegedly threatening him at gun point in a case of road rage has been remanded to judicial custody on Monday but was released late on Monday on a Rs 5000 bail.
The victim, Ramesh Tulsi owner of a saloon in Worli and a small time contractor was on his way from Malad with his wife Madhu in his nephew’s rickshaw at 1.50pm when Mehta’s car overtook them from the left side in full speed on the Lotus Petrol pump in Oshiwara. The side mirror of Mehta’s Tata Indigo hit the rickshaw.
"We did not say a word when Mehta after overtaking our rickshaw, started obstructing our way, using his car. At the Adarsh Nagar junction signal, both our vehicles stopped. I leaned outside and asked Mehta casually what was he up to. Instead of answering politely he allegedly started abusing and said ‘Nikal lo nahin toh dal doonga’ (Get out or I will kill you)," claims Tulsi.
"After saying this he got down of his car with a revolver and hit me hard on my head with its butt and immediately pointed it to my stomach," he added. Although the police had lodged an FIR the victim alleged that the police did not initially entertain them.
Madhu in the meantime got down and started screaming for help but no one turned out. Rajesh, who was driving the rickshaw then held Mehta from the back and managed to snatch his gun. By then three traffic constables saw the traffic and came running from the rear.
They later took both of them to the Oshiwara police station, who seized the weapon and arrested the Borivali based builder under sections 324 and 506 (2). The victim was sent to the Cooper hospital, where he given five stitches on his forehead. The doctors have advised him to go for CT scan.
"In front of us the police whipped Mehta twice with a belt and asked him to plead for mercy before us but we were adamant on lodging an FIR. The builder’s wife later approached me and asked to forgive Mehta as Mehta she said was not of sound mind," said Madhu.