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After refusing to ply, auto drivers beat up couple for arguing

mumbai Updated: Oct 03, 2011 01:08 IST
HT Correspondent

An auto-rickshaw driver and his father have been arrested for allegedly attacking a 30-year-old man with an iron rod and manhandling his mother, sister and wife on Saturday at Kannamwar Nagar in Vikhroli, after they got into an argument with another auto driver for refusing a fare.

The incident took place at 8.30pm when Girija Devi Upadhyay, 65, her daughter and her daughter-in-law were heading for a Navrati function. The women got into an auto that was not engaged, but the driver refused to ply, the police said.

As they argued, another auto driver, Abid Iqbal Bagwan, 20, who lives closeby, joined in and told the first driver to stand his ground.

"When the victim told Bagwan not to interfere, he used foul language so she called up her son Subhash," said an officer from Vikhroli police station. Subhash joined in and as the argument got heated, Bagwan allegedly hit him with a rod.

Bagwan's father Iqbal, 50, came to see what was happening and allegedly manhandled the three women.

"The locals took Subhash and his family to a local hospital," said constable S Pawar who reached the spot after someone called the police control room.

The police have arrested Bagwan and Iqbal under sections 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt using dangerous weapons), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

Senior inspector R Javkar said they have registered a case against Iqbal's wife and son-in-law for manhandling the women.

Subhash, who works for a private firm, was discharged on Sunday; his mother, who suffers from hypertension, is in hospital.

The duo has been remanded in police custody till Monday.