Four men, whose identities are still unknown, intercepted a BEST bus on Grant Road on Thursday and beat up the driver, Dilip Surve, 51, after he objected to their car overtaking from the wrong side. The police have registered a first information report against four unknown individuals.
Ajit Surve, senior police inspector of DB Marg police station, said, "A passenger who tried to stop the four men from assaulting Surve was also hurt. Surve was injured on his head and hands, and has been admitted to Nair Hospital. His condition is stable."
According to the police, some time before the incident, the four men had got into an argument with Surve, a Nalasopara resident. "Witnesses told us that the four men had been driving rashly and had overtaken the bus from the wrong side. This sparked an argument after which Surve drove away. The four men later caught up with the bus and forced it to stop. They then beat Surve with their belts," said an officer of DB Marg police station.
The police said when passengers intervened, the accused stopped hitting Surve and fled the scene. "We have recorded the statements of witnesses and also have their car number plate details. We have begun investigations to trace the culprits," Surve said.