Infuriated by a slight scratch on his car, a south Mumbai-based businessman repeatedly banged his car into the other vehicle, unmindful of the fact that a one-year-old child and two senior citizens were sitting inside.
Mayur Agarwal, 25, a resident of Bhulabhai Desai Road, and his father Sudharshan Agarwal, 50, were booked by the Tardeo police for attempted murder on Sunday.
The incident took place around 12.30pm near the Mahalaxmi station, police said.
According to the police, the complainant, Ashok Balijankar, 35, a doctor by profession and resident of Sanpada, and his family were on their way to meet a relative in Tardeo.
While Balijankar was driving the car — a Honda City — his wife, also a doctor, was sitting beside him with their one-year-old son in her lap. His parents were in the rear seat.
The police said Agarwal, who was driving a Maruti Swift, tried to overtake Balijankar near the racecourse. As he sped past, the two cars grazed a little. The two drivers had a brief argument, after which Balijankar continued on his way.
Agarwal, his father, and brother Harshvardhan, 19, were on their way back home, the police said. But they were so enraged by the confrontation that Agarwal decided to follow Balijankar and stopped his car in front of the Honda City.
“Agarwal then deliberately rammed the back of his car thrice into the other vehicle not caring that the occupants were still inside,” said Ajendrasingh Thakur, senior inspector, Tardeo police station.
“The two men got out of their respective cars and started to abuse each other. The argument rapidly escalated into physical violence. Passers-by raised an alarm which attracted the attention of inspector Deepak Patil,” said Thakur.
While Agarwal and his father were arrested, Harshvardhan, a Class 12 student, managed to flee, the police said.
“The two men were produced in court on Monday and have been remanded in police custody till March 14,” Thakur stated, adding that Balijankar and his family did not sustain any injuries in the incident.