A 27-year-old fell prey to road rage on Monday night after he was beaten up and robbed by four persons travelling in a jeep for objecting to their vehicle being driven in a rash manner.
A Mahindra Pick-Up took a sharp turn at high speed near a junction in Kurla (West), where the victim, Sujitkumar Chaurasia, was standing.
When Chaurasia objected to the rash driving and shouted at the driver, the jeep’s occupants became so enraged that they bashed him up and made away with his mobile, gold chain and cash. They also took away his footwear.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Chaurasia, a driver by profession, said that the incident took place at around 11.45pm on Monday when he was waiting for his employer near the Naaz hotel junction.
“I was standing at the junction when the driver took a sharp turn at high speed without warning. The vehicle would have bumped into me had I not moved in time. I was obviously enraged and yelled at the driver to keep his eyes on the road,” Chaurasia said.
But what followed was not something he had anticipated. “The driver of the four-wheeler halted the vehicle and got out of the jeep along with three other occupants, who seemed to be under the influence of alcohol.”
The four accused, unidentified as yet, walked to Chaurasia and started abusing him, said an officer from the VB Nagar police station where the complaint is registered.
“The incident soon turned ugly and they started beating me up. They snatched my
gold chain, took away Rs10,000 in cash, pocketed my cell phone, tore my shirt and also snatched my footwear. No one intervened as they beat me up,” Chaurasia told HT.
The four accused then walked to their four-wheeler and sped from the spot, but Chaurasia managed to make a note of the vehicle’s registration number.
Chaurasia reported the incident to the VB Nagar police, which has recorded a case of robbery against the accused. “We have sent the registration number to the Regional Transport Office (RTO). We should be able to track down the accused soon,” said police inspector Neelkanth Sivli from VB Nagar police station.
A visibly hurt Chaurasia said, “My face still bears injury marks. Is this what happens when you raise your voice? Doesn’t the common man have even as much liberty?”